Summer Lawn Burn

When it get’s really hot outside, it’s important to avoiding creating conditions that favor “Summer Burn”. What is Summer Burn? It’s a clear sign of stress on the turf, usually caused by cutting the grass too short during the hot/dry months. It can also be caused by improper watering of the lawn. You’ll know it when you see it because the lawn will have the typical “burn” look, just like a dried out lawn.
Summer Burn


  • Know your turf type
  • Document watering requirements
  • Ensure lawn is not cut beneath 2.5″
  • Don’t cut more than 1/3 of the grass length during a single cut

Most turf in our area (Northern Virginia) is “cool-season” turf, and requires about 1-1.5 inches of water per week. It’s important to water the turf with deep soakings a few times per week, as opposed to lightly every day. Watering lightly doesn’t allow the water to soak down into the root system, which is the most important piece in developing thick root zones.
Proper mowing height is also a major factor when looking to avoid summer burn.  Lawns look really great when they have “that perfect cut”, but it’s really easy to get into the trouble zone during the summer when going for that look. Generally speaking, you’re looking to stay above 2.5″ and never cut more than 1/3 of the blade length at a time.
These are just some tips that are great to know about summer turf care. Best part of all of this is A Cut Above can manage all of your lawn needs, from mowing, to weeding to fertilizing! So, contact us for additional services and leave the work and worry with our landscaping experts.
Checkout these articles we created for more on proper watering and mowing:

How to Schedule Your Irrigation System

How To Properly Water Your Lawn

At What Height Should You Mow Your Grass?

How Often Should You Cut Your Grass?