During summer, your lawn sees heavy use from kids, pets, friends, and others who are outside enjoying the weather. It's also hotter with the sun beating down on your grass. Each season brings new challenges when it comes to the overall health of your lawn.

Here are some services your lawn needs to survive the summer in the areas of Gresham, Happy Valley, Troutdale, and nearby cities in Oregon.

Fertilization & Weed Control in Summer Is Key to Lawn Health

A healthy lawn in Happy Valley, OR after a fertilization treatment.

Your lawn needs to be fortified year-round to stay strong enough to defeat lawn diseases, insect infestations, and more. By adding slow-release fertilizer four times a year, including a summer treatment, we can ensure that your lawn can keep that strength built up over the year.

Weeds are another nuisance that can pop up during the summer. If the correct pre-emergent weed control was applied in the spring, hopefully not many will show up in summer. However, both pre- and post-emergent treatments may be required to get summer weeds out of your yard. 

Routine Lawn Mowing Is Critical for Your Summer Lawn

A routine lawn mowing schedule is one of the best things you can do for your lawn's health. When a lawn is regularly mowed, that means the grass stays at the proper height it should be for maximum health and photosynthesis. 

At J&C Lawn Care, we make sure that your grass is always cut correctly, which means that we never cut off more than one-third of the blade height. 

Routine mowing also gives us a chance to monitor your yard for signs of weed growth or potential insect infestations. 

Proper Lawn Hydration Keeps Your Grass & Plants Healthy

Another vital component of keeping your grass and plants healthy during the summer is proper hydration. When your plants don't get enough water, they begin to suffer. Make sure your irrigation system is watering properly. 

Lawns only need about an inch of water per week, so it's also important to check to see if your grass is being overwatered. Too much water can create an environment where lawn diseases can develop. 

Set irrigation system timers so that your lawn is getting watered early in the morning. This allows for water to be properly absorbed. If you water it at night, you again risk creating an environment for lawn diseases—and if you water in the afternoon, too much water will evaporate.

Controlling Invasive Plants Contributes to Lawn Health

We removed blackberry plants from this Troutdale property.

In our area of Oregon, we have invasive plants that can quickly take over your yard. One of these, Himalayan blackberry, grows in a thicket and chokes out existing plant life. English ivy is another invasive plant that can also end up killing other plants. Both of these create shallow root systems and contribute to soil erosion. 

Seeing either of these pop up in your yard during the summer means they will start growing quickly. We can control these plants for you and get them out of your yard.

Do you need help getting your lawn in gear for the rest of the summer?

At J&C Lawn Care, we have experience getting Oregon lawns in the areas of Gresham, Happy Valley, Troutdale, and others repaired from summer use. Give us a call today at (971) 284-2035 to set up an initial estimate for your property.