Yard work doesn’t stop just because it’s Summer. Whether the warm season in your area is arid or humid there are a few tricks to Summer landscaping that will keep your yard in tip-top shape. We’ll show you how to work smarter not harder to get the most out of your landscaping efforts.
Take it Easy on the Lawn Mower!
During the Summer months, you should do a high cut on lawns. This means taking off just the top third of the lawn’s current height. Bringing up the cutting height will prevent the grass from becoming scorched and browned by the heat. It will also provide more protection for roots and will reduce weeds. You can also save yourself some work by leaving behind clippings for nourishment.
When Planting Bulbs Think Tropical
Tropical plants flourish in the summer months. It is a great time to plant Crinum, Elephant Ears, Canna and Blood Lilies. The sun and heat will help these shoot up while other garden varieties experience delays.
Water Deep in the Morning Hours
Use the cool mornings to maximize water absorption and to stay out of the heat. Water plants generously so that several layers of soil remain wet. Pay attention to the root areas to promote healthy root growth. Watering in the afternoon is a waste since most of the H20 will evaporate.
Use the Right Kind of Vegetables
One of the best tips for summer landscaping is to swap out your cold-season veggies for their hot-season counterparts. It’s in your best interest to maximize your gardening efforts by planting vegetables that excel in the heat. Most Summer veggies are also drought tolerant. Consider planting the following: broccoli, eggplant, okra, chard, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and cabbage. There are much more that will work as well.
Warm-Season Grass Should be Fertilized
Lawns containing warm-season grasses can benefit from fertilization in Summer. Grasses such as St. Augustine, centipedegrass, zoysiagrass and bermudagrass fall into this category. However, you should avoid fertilizing if the temperature exceeds 90 degrees. Also, make sure you don’t fertilize too soon into the Summer season; warm-season grasses are just coming out of dormancy at this time. It is best to wait after the third mowing to ensure the fertilizer doesn’t damage the lawn.
A Final Tip
These Summer landscaping tips will help you have a flourishing garden during the driest months of the year. One final tip is to pay attention to weather forecasts and any changes in your yard. Summer gardening can be unpredictable. Make sure you give your garden the attention it deserves!