Summer is officially here, and with it the heat and humidity has arrived! Everyone is bound to be spending a lot of time outside this season, which is why it’s more important than ever that you keep your lawn and landscaping looking fresh and well maintained throughout the next few months.

 Unfortunately, as the temperature rises and the sun’s rays feel stronger, summer proves to be one of the most difficult times of the year to grow plants and keep your lawn looking nice. Plants tend to wilt and wither and soil can start to become too dry.

 Don’t panic – we’re sharing with you some great summer tips to help your landscaping (and you!) make it through the summer months!

 

STAY HYDRATED

This goes for both you and your lawn! Make sure that you’re watering everything regularly, whether this means investing in a new irrigation system or being diligent in doing so yourself. This time of year, we can’t rely on the rain to keep our landscaping properly hydrated. Additionally, if you’re going to be outside mowing your lawn or tending to your garden, make sure that you are drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Water your lawn

First, don’t wait until you see signs of dehydration in your lawn and landscape to start worrying about it. Even if everything is still looking as it should, now is the time to meet with your landscaper to discuss a maintenance plan for the summer. When the sun is beating down on your lawn all day, it will become dry and brown. That’s why it’s important to keep your lawn hydrated with consistent watering. The first thing to know is that you should water your lawn in the morning. The reason for this, is to allow the water to seep into the roots of the grass instead evaporating in the afternoon.

 

TRIM TREES

Thunderstorms are frequent during the summer and tree limbs can do a great deal of damage. Make sure that the trees in your yard have been properly trimmed.

Falling branches can cause a lot of damage to your property and also pose a safety hazard if not properly dealt with.

Check your trees for dead hanging limbs that you might need to cut away. Also, prune any plants that might interfere with your AC condenser and trim bushes that might be too close to the house.

Trim any bushes. If left untrimmed, they can trap moisture and they invite termites. Keeping bushes trimmed can also eliminate potential hiding places for burglars or other unwanted visitors.

Vines come from the ground and grow on the house. Creepy crawlies come from the ground, too, and they can use those vines to get into your house. Vines also trap moisture against the house and they can eat away the mortar in between your bricks, jeopardizing the stability of your exterior walls.

So, while vines might be pretty they are not good for your house and you should trim them back regularly. If you really want to keep the vines hanging around, here’s a tip — install a garden trellis next to your house. They come in a variety of sizes and they keep vines away from your foundation.

If you’re uneasy about doing this yourself, make sure that you contact a professional to take care of it for you.

 

CONSIDER OTHER LANDSCAPING OPTIONS

Let’s face it: even with a certified landscaping team, this summer heat can be detrimental to many lawns. If you’re finding it difficult to keep plants thriving on your property, now is a great time to consider other landscaping options! A newly designed and implemented hardscape could be just what your property needs to give your landscaping a fresh and modern look. Accentuated by a few hardy plants, hardscaping eliminates the need for intensive landscape maintenance and completely changes your outdoor living experience. Why not consider a patio with an outdoor kitchen. How about a cozy fire pit with a seating area. Or maybe you would enjoy the peaceful sound of a tranquil waterfall flowing into a Koi pond.

If you require landscape maintenance assistance or are interested in learning more about your hardscape options, give us a call today! We would love to help you develop a customized plan for bringing your dream landscape to life!

Mow the lawn

Keeping the lawn mowed will help it stay healthy, but you have to be really careful when mowing the lawn. Although it may be tempting to mow the lawn as short as you can so you don’t have to mow it frequently, that can be really damaging, especially in the summer.

The taller blades of grass offer protection from the harsh sun and keep the roots from being exposed. Mowing too close to the ground also makes your lawn susceptible to disease.

 

 

Beware of weeds

Summer is prime weed season and the presence of weeds can take valuable nutrients away from your grass or plants. Whenever you water your landscape, always make sure to take a general census of your yard to see whether any unwanted weeds are growing. If they are, remove them promptly.

For additional care,our lawn care experts are available to meet with you and discuss your lawn care program preferences and develop a personalized program that helps you meet your lawn care objectives. We offer many varieties of lawn care programs including natural lawn care programs, we even offer organic lawn care options.