Maintaining cool-season turf grass during the summer season is very difficult due to high temperatures, high humidity and periods of drought. These conditions can increase the risk of summer diseases and can affect the overall appearance of your turf. The ideal temperature for successful cool-season grass is 80° and the perfect amount of rainfall rarely, if ever, occurs. In 33 years of turf management, we have never witnessed this. However, if you follow these general rules, you can help keep your turf in top condition:
When in doubt, refer to rule #1. DO NOT OVER-WATER. Over-watering will bring on dreaded summer diseases such as Brown Patch, which will turn a nice lush turf area into a lawn with dead spots that are ugly and a nightmare to correct.
Fertilize Bermuda grass during the summer months to maximize the growth and performance of the grass. Follow these general rules to help keep your turf in top condition: