We might love the hot, summer sun, but our lawns? That’s another story. Here’s how to keep your yard healthy and prevent dried-out grass this summer:

  1. Leave the grass longer. Mow regularly, but don’t cut too short. Longer grass holds in moisture and shade better.
  2. Water early in the day or late at night. Watering in times of high heat or sunlight will cause the moisture to evaporate.
  3. Aerate often. If you have a small lawn, poke small holes with a garden fork to give the grass plenty of oxygen. For larger lawns, you could rent an aerator machine from your local hardware store

If you have a sprinkler system, schedule at least two waterings per week, ideally before 6 a.m.