Summer Landscaping Tips

The summer is a time for outdoor fun, family gatherings, barbequing, pool splashing, and bonfire magic. The heat can take a toll on your landscape, especially with little rainfall. Keeping your landscape in fine condition throughout the summer is essential for your plants and maintaining that appealing aesthetic in your home environment. What can you do to keep your landscape in top shape? Check out these summer landscaping tips.

Water Properly and Smartly

When watering this summer, go about it correctly and do so in a smart manner. Strike a balance by not overwatering or underwatering since both can harm your plants. Don’t go overboard and drench your landscape; aim to keep your lawn and plants healthy and beautiful throughout the summer. Focus on sustainability and avoid watering your landscape unnecessarily. It’s unwise to water during the hottest time of the day, do your watering in the early morning when your grass and plants can absorb the water. Know your soil water requirements since plants in sandy soil, for instance, need more water than plants in clay soil. Ensure that your lawn gets one inch of water a week for proper hydration. Don’t forget your potted plants and hanging baskets, which may need to be watered at least twice a day.

Take Advantage of Mulching

How can you help your plants and soil to beat the summer heat? Mulch and mulch well. This is an invaluable defense against heat, effectively maintaining the soil’s temperature at a tolerably cool level that supports the plant’s health. Cover the soil with a layer of mulch, preferably organic, which will minimize the water evaporation rate and cool the soil. Focus on plants with bare patches of soil around them and place roughly 2-3 inches of mulch. Avoid covering tree trunks and plant stems with the mulch to keep moisture accumulation and rot at bay.

Cut Lawn to the Appropriate Length

There is a wrong and right way to cut your grass, even though you may typically cut your grass extremely short to slow its growth. The issue with cutting your grass super short is that if the summer brings extreme heat, your grass will be less likely to defend itself against the harsh temperatures. Your grass may become stressed, turn to brown patches, and, worst, just die. Still, it’s best to keep your specific climate in mind when trying to decide the length to cut your grass. When in doubt, stick with the longest mower setting. Cut your grass around the same time each month or your typical scheduled interval.

Pick the Right Fertilizer For Your Soil

During the warm summer season, your lawn and plants need the proper nutrients to keep looking healthy. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are essential in plant nutrition, and the ones most commonly need replenishing. Summer is when plants can lose these nutrients due to the warm temperatures. These nutrients are critical for your plants to remain lush and green, grow in strides, and stay healthy overall. With the right fertilizer, you can give your plants a boost in the summer. You may need to test the soil’s nutritional content to figure out the best fertilizer for your soil.

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