Summer doesn’t officially start for another few days, but don’t tell that to Mother Nature. With extreme heat expected this week, you may want to take some steps to protect your lawn from heat stress.

Most lawns in Southern New England are made up of “cool season” grasses. That means your lawn looks its best when temperatures are below 85 during the day and cooler than that at night.

The oppressive heat we’re expected to experience over the next several days will put some stress on turf. You may notice your lawn looking a little brown, especially if you’re mowing it on the shower side. Once the temperatures cool down a bit and we get some significant rain, your grass will bounce back.

Your grass needs about 1.5 inches of water per week. Most towns haven’t received that in the past several days. That means you should be watering your lawn now (if local ordinances allow).

If you haven’t already, please start up your sprinkler systems. If you have automatic sprinklers, they should be on now. Aim to water every other day for about 30-40 minutes per zone. *If you are watering by hand, set up your sprinkler to water for about 40 minutes per section every other day.

Our lawn techs automatically account for the temperature when putting down applications throughout the summer and we will be sure we don’t damage your lawn during times of heat stress.

As always, if you see something that just doesn’t look right on your lawn, please contact us by calling 1-800-294-5296 or emailing us at and we’ll take a look!

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