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Lawn burn is a myth. These days it's safe to feed your lawn in the summer - just follow these do's and don'ts.
There's an old saying that many lawn-owners have been living by for years. It goes something like this: Don't feed your lawn in the summer because you'll cause lawn burn. Lawn burn sounds terrible. But what is it?
Years ago, people used primarily fast-release and agriculture-grade fertilizers on their lawns. These products often applied too much nitrogen at one time, and the microbes in the soil couldn't break it all down. The excess nitrogen in the fertilizer in the soil caused the grass to start giving water back to the soil, causing it to dry out. This resulted in a burned look to the lawn.
Scotts® granular Lawn Foods are slow-release products, meaning the nutrients are released slowly to the lawn. Microbes in the soil are able to break down the nitrogen in the particles over time, thereby releasing nutrients slowly and steadily over a 6-8 week period, which means no lawn burn.
Prolonged periods of heat and drought can put stress on your lawn. Here are some tips for helping your lawn get through a long, hot summer.