Summer Landscaping Guide
Summer is undoubtedly one of the best seasons to enjoy your lawn. Everything is in full bloom, and the weather is beautiful enough that you can enjoy your garden landscape for more extended periods.
To maximize your fantastic lawn, you need to do proper landscaping during summer. If done right, you can look forward to incredible backyard views well into the fall season.
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Here are some landscaping tips you can try out this summer season:
Keep Your Lawn Lush
That picture-perfect landscaped lawn
you see in the movies and TV certainly is possible, but it needs constant maintenance. The problem is that, during summer, there are a lot of things that can derail your goal of the perfect lawn.
One of the most common problems is pests. Insects like white grubs and webworms can cause irregular dead spots on your lawn. In most cases, your professional landscaper
can solve these problems with the appropriate type of insecticide.
Fungus disease is another problem that shows up as a group of dead spots on your lawn. You can solve most of these by adjusting when and how much water and fertilizer you apply to your lawn. If you choose to use a fungicide, be sure to consult with an expert on the matter.
Dry spots can also appear due to improper watering. Check to see if your sprinklers are covering each part of your lawn evenly. Sometimes, your dog might even be to blame for some dead spots. In this case, keep them off the lawn as much as possible.
Trim Up Your Lawn
A well-trimmed lawn can make a world of difference. Sometimes, even something as simple as cutting off any excess grass growth can bring life back to your yard. Fortunately, these maintenance tasks are easy enough that you don't need to hire an experienced landscaper.
Some of the things you can do include:
- Removing poison ivy
- Trimming hedges
- Removing a tree stump or boulder
- Pruning flowers and shrubs
Pruning, in particular, is one of the best and easiest ways to ensure your lawn plants are in tip-top shape. It leads to more flowers and foliage. However, a lot of homeowners neglect to do them simply because they don’t know how.
In reality, trimming is a straightforward process. Pruning is a matter of cutting in the right place at the right time. Once you've mastered the basics, it shouldn't take too long to prune your plants regularly.
Welcome Some Good Bugs To Your Lawn
Yes, insects can be icky and destructive creatures that you need to keep away from your lawn. But not all are bad for your backyard. Some are even downright beneficial.
Some are out to eat more harmful pests, like the praying mantis, ground beetle, or ladybug. Some are essential for pollinating plants, like the bumblebee. Ground insects like the earthworm can even enrich the soil, leading to better plant growth.
So it pays to determine which insects are doing your lawn good, and keep the insecticides well away from them.
Taking Care of Your Paths and Patios
Cracks and holes in your garden path can ruin what should be an otherwise pretty picture. Even the smallest cracks can get progressively worse over winter when ice seeps in and causes further damage.
Summer is also the best time to power-wash the walkway to make it look brand new. Repairing worn-out concrete can make it look fresh.
Seed In The Fall
It might seem too late, but fall is a great time to plant seeds. That way, come springtime the following year, you can expect to see perfect growth.
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However, don't wait until fall to prepare your lawn for seeding. You can start as early as mid to late summer. You can cut off part of the lawn using a sod cutter, then turn the soil, sand, and compost.
Also, don’t forget to check and adjust the pH of your soil. As a rule of thumb, grass grows best with a soil pH between 6.0 to 7.5. You might also need to aerate the ground, especially if it's overly compacted.
Finally, you might need to re-feed your soil some nutrients, which the lawn spent during the rapid summer growth cycle. Opt for a fertilizer that promotes growth and greenery and apply it just before fall and just as the frost begins to appear near winter.
Plant Late Summer and Fall Bloomers
When summer begins to wind down, you'll find that your flowering plants might seem to become much less colorful. However, it doesn't mean you can't do anything about it!
To maintain the vibrant look of your lawn, consider placing late summer bloomers or even fall bloomers. These include such plants as pineapple sage and false aster. You can also opt for plants that thrive in Mediterranean climates, such as lavender or sage.
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