What can make your summer lawn look close to your spring lawn? Survive summer with the basic must-do’s of lawn care

April 5, 2018

In 1976 All American Turf Beauty was the first company in Iowa to offer programmed lawn care. The company founders literally invented and developed the industry in Iowa. Get a beautiful weed-free lawn with our professional lawn care services!

Summer in Iowa does not officially begin until June. However, the end of May marks the unofficial start of summer. Along with this comes the need for consistent summer lawn care.

There is no question about this if you want to keep a healthy lawn and there is a lot to begin with! So where do we start?


In the sweltering heat of summer, you can only go one of two ways with watering. Do nothing while the grass goes dormant or water during the dry days and keep your lawn grass active. Either of the two may be fine, depending on what you prefer. Dormancy isn’t at all bad. It is a coping mechanism of the grass.

The roots remain alive, while the leaves appear dried until the grass is restored by natural rainfall. Generally, it is good to water the lawn once or twice a week.  Water deeply and water well. Avoid shallow showers. Apply 1 to 1.5 inches of water in a single application or three to four days apart. It is best to water your Des Moines, Iowa lawn early in the morning to let your grass soak it up before the sun becomes too hot, causing your water to mostly get lost in evaporation.


Mowing is best done when the lawn is starting to go green. It is dependent on the type of grass you are breeding, but generally, Iowa lawns are mowed at two inches in summer. Though mowing should be done regularly, the rule of thumb observed is to never cut off more than one third of the leaf blade.

For instance cool season grasses that thrive best during spring and autumn should be mowed at 3 to 3.5 inches only during summer. These types need the extra shade during summer. The higher the mowing height is, the better the shade it provides and the deeper the root growth it promotes. Any shorter than two inches injures the turf grass and weakens their ability to withstand the environmental factors of summer.


Should you apply chemicals in summer? It is up to you and the other natural factors surrounding your turf. You have tons of options. Around this time as it is mid-April, lawn fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicides may be a good idea. The next time you should go big on fertilizers should be in early autumn.

It is a good time to patch bare spots and overseed if necessary. Make sure your pre-emergent herbicide is applied after the grass seed is up so you don’t end up killing your grass seed. A good alternative is compost. If you have put together a good supply of compost, rake it over your lawn to feed it.

It does magic in improving your soil. Preventive pesticides may also come in handy during this season. If your lawn does not need pre-emergents or preventives and you usually wait and see for pest attacks or damage, then get your curative pesticides ready in the shelf. Infestations may come depending on the area and other environmental factors.

Schedule a free consultation with All American Turf Beauty and learn more about the dynamics of your summer lawn from the experts. For more expert tips, visit us at All American Turf Beauty or call us at 1-800-365-8873 and book an appointment with our lawn care professionals.

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If you are not completely satisfied with an All American Turf Beauty application to your lawn, we will re-apply the application at no additional cost and continue the regular lawn treatment program. Alternately, we will fully refund your cost for the application and cancel any further obligation on your part.

To qualify for the guarantee, you must call All American Turf Beauty within 30 days of application.

Our goal at All American Turf Beauty, Inc. is a simple one:

To provide you with the highest quality products and methods available.

We offer every kind of service that it takes to develop and maintain a beautiful lawn in Iowa based on the climate, soil types, and the varieties of grass that are commonly grown here.

One of the keys to the success of the program is that we provide treatment to lawns approximately every 8 weeks throughout the growing season. This ensures that the grass has fertilizer (food) available throughout the growing season. Dandelions and other Broadleaf weeds are controlled as they germinate thus enabling a weed free lawn, and our Turf Specialist is at the property four to six times per season to address problems as and when they arise.

Another key to our service is our people. The most important person to you in our company is the Turf Specialist assigned to treat your lawn.

We are proud to say that our Turf Specialists are the best trained and most experienced in the lawn care industry.

When you become a customer at All American Turf Beauty, a Turf Specialist is assigned to your account. You will have the same person treating your lawn each time. It is their responsibility to service your lawn, make sure it is receiving the correct applications as scheduled, and to provide you with the best personalized service possible. Their jobs depend on it.

We have several programs to choose from. Your Turf Specialist will recommend the best program that fits the needs of your lawn and your budget.


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