Foot Traffic And Your Lawn

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

Summer is officially here and that means we are all getting out and playing games on our lawns. As always, however, I have to give you some warning about this. What, did you think I was going to let you off the hook?

Just as in winter, the lawn will many times go dormant during the hot summer. This is a natural defense and is not unhealthy for your turf, unless you trample it!

I know you like to get out and play bean bags and football and volleyball on your front lawn during July and August, but please be careful. Too much trampling can break brittle grass crowns and kill areas of the lawn. Heavy foot traffic can also compact the soil, making it hard like concrete.

How To Prevent Lawn Damage From Foot Traffic

I am not telling you to “keep off the grass,” guys! I just want you to take care to help it rebound. Here are some tips:

1) Keep the lawn mowed tall. The more grass blades, the more green and healthy.

2) Keep the lawn properly irrigated. If the grass has proper water, it will stay green and flexible.

3) Aerate the lawn in spring and fall. If you do play a lot on your lawn, it is vitally important that you have it aerated every spring and fall to keep the soil loose and air flow going.

So have fun this summer; just don’t let the lawn get all flat and trampled!


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