A Guide to Summer Lawn Care in Dallas

Dallas is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and for good reason. There is plenty to like about this sprawling urban community in North Texas, including the culinary and cultural scene. But if you should find yourself moving here, or you already live here, do you know everything you need to about lawn care in Dallas. The high summer temps and the southern environment is different from most places in America.

In order to get you up-to-date on everything you need to know about caring for your lawn in Dallas, let’s go through a full breakdown of what it takes to set up the perfect summer lawn care schedule in Dallas, TX.

What Types of Grass are best for Dallas, TX?

Dallas is in the southern United States, meaning that warm-season grass is the only kind of grass that will thrive here year-round.  Some of your choices include St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia.

If your lawn gets mostly sun, Bermuda will be your best bet here. St Augustine is cheap but requires more water than average, which can be a problem if you live in a county with water restrictions. Zoysiagrass is good for a lawn that gets a decent amount of shade.

Read more: The 4 Best Popular Grass Types in Dallas

Early Summer Lawn Care in Dallas

Early lawn care for summer in Dallas will involve mowing and watering. You’ll want to mow your lawn 1-4 times each month. Mow in the early morning or the late afternoon when the heat isn’t as high. Mowing during peak heat can put stress on your grass blades. Never cut more than 1/3 the height of your lawn off at one time, doing so can make it dry out faster.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Lawn Mowing in Dallas, TX

Bermuda grass is best kept at 3/8 of an inch to 1.5 inches tall. St Augustine will thrive at a height of 2.5 to 4 inches, while Zoysiagrass does best at a height of 1 ½ to 3 inches.

Remember to walk different paths with your mower so as not to cause compaction and ruts in your yard. Also, leave your lawn clippings behind after you’re done with the lawn mowing. This will give your lawn a bit of extra fertilizer to work with when they (quickly) decompose.

Watering in Dallas, TX

As for watering your lawn in Dallas, TX, you should do it in the morning or at night. Peak Texas heat in the middle of the day can soak up an inordinate amount of water. If you choose to water at night, be careful not to overwater. Using an irrigation system like sprinklers or drip irrigation is a good way to save yourself some labor.

You’ll need to give your lawn at least an inch of water per week, adjusting up or down depending on how much rain you’re getting. You’ll want to train the roots of your lawn to grow deeply if you want to keep it green all summer, so watering infrequently and deeply is the smartest strategy here. Water until it trickles at least 10 inches below the surface, testing the depth with a screwdriver or similar object when you’re done.

There are no watering restrictions for soaker hoses, drip irrigation, or hand watering methods in Dallas at this time. You are, however, prohibited to water your lawn with any other method on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from April 1st to October 31st. You’re also prohibited from watering your lawn with an alternative method other than the ones listed from 10 am to 6 pm all week long.

Mid-Summer Lawn Care in Dallas

Once you’ve got these basic habits in place, Dallas lawn care in summer is all about maintenance. Don’t skip watering sessions and watch out for any weed infestations. If you catch an infestation of crabgrass or some other type, you might want to call in a lawn care professional to snuff it out quickly.

Late Summer Lawn Care in Dallas, TX

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When summer is coming to an end, you’ll want to focus on aeration and fertilization. You can aerate your yard with a machine that has tubes or hollow metal tines used for removing soil plugs caused by compaction. Once these plugs have been removed you can break them up with a rake or a shovel and fertilize your yard to help aid in its recovery. Be careful to avoid using an aerator that just punches holes in your lawn, as this is an inefficient way to aerate your lawn.

When it comes to fertilizing your lawn in Dallas, you should use between 1 and 2lbs of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of your lawn. This is best done in late summer because fertilizing in peak summer can cause your yard to burn, and tender new growth to arise that could struggle in the blazing Texas heat.

Caring for your lawn mower is another essential item on the list of Dallas summer lawn care tips. Clean out the clumped up grass and debris from the bottom of the mower and change the oil. Get a sharpening kit from your local hardware store and use it to both sharpen and balance your blades. Once you’ve taken care of all of that, store your lawnmower in a place where it won’t be vulnerable to rust damage or other types of damage.

You’ll thank yourself for this maintenance next mowing season when you have a fresh mower ready to go on day one.

Still have questions about lawn care? Visit our Dallas lawn care page for more information.

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Wikilawn’s mission is to provide the best resources and information to help you enjoy your outdoor spaces the way you want. Whether you are a DIY, lawn-loving, gardening guru, or someone who wants help in picking a local lawn care professional, we can smooth your path to a beautiful backyard!

About Wikilawn

Wikilawn’s mission is to provide the best resources and information to help you enjoy your outdoor spaces the way you want. Whether you are a DIY, lawn-loving, gardening guru, or someone who wants help in picking a local lawn care professional, we can smooth your path to a beautiful backyard!

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