Monarch feeding on purple coneflower.

Many native plants are in peak bloom this month adding color during times of drought. | Photo Credit: Titus Seilheimer

A healthy lawn all year long.

In August, summer heat and dry conditions continue to be considerations for this month’s list of natural lawn care practices.  

Dates may vary by geographic location and turfgrass species. Choose practices based on your lawn’s specific needs.

Things to do in August:

  • Mow high to shade the soil and increase resistance to heat and drought stress. Remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn to return organic matter, nitrogen, and moisture to the soil.
  • Manage your lawn during drought. Continue irrigation as needed or allow the lawn to go dormant (turn brown) to reduce water usage.
  • Continue monitoring for white grubs if they have been a problem in the past.
  • Overseed the entire lawn to fill bare spots and increase turf density in thinned areas.
  • Select the right turfgrass for your site conditions. Many species have cultivars that will grow best in your region and meet your lawn’s needs.