Temperature, rainfall, and other weather conditions during summers affect your lawn in a variety of ways. For the most part, the summer heat can turn the greenest gardens dry and brown. And let us not forget weed, moles, and other pests that become especially active during this season. Here we have compiled some landscaping tips to help you keep your garden beautiful and green during summers, and also prepare your lawn for fall.
Your plants should get around an inch of water per week, especially during the peak summer months of June and July. Rainfall proves beneficial in this regard, but watering should also be done when the need arises. Make sure that you are watering in the proper manner.
A timed sprinkler system works well, but it may not be available (perhaps due to water conservation laws in your state). In this case, you can always water your plants manually.
Note: If your leaves have turned brown, you may attempt drip irrigation. This will enable your garden to absorb the water deeply so that the grass can become green again with the arrival of fall.
As all lawn owners know, summer is high season for pests who arrive to eat away trees and shrubs that already become weary due to heat and dryness. When June arrives, be armed with mild insecticide and start applying it to your plants. The reason why you should use mild insecticide is that you don’t want to eliminate all insects completely. Some insects are beneficial for your lawn; you don’t want to upset the balance of nature.
If your lawn is infested with rodents, then you have a greater problem at hand. You can get rat traps, but they are cruel to the rodents. In any case, rat traps only ‘catch’ one rodent at a time; they are not a long-term solution. You may have to call in pest control.
Mowing the Right Way
It is tempting to mow your lawn quiet short, so you are good for a few weeks. But while mowing your lawn extremely short is convenient for you, it is not suitable for your lawn. Short grass length is more susceptible to heat and will become dry and brown before you know it. Instead, mow a little higher to maintain the greenness of your lawn.
Installing a New Fence
One of the best ways to take care of your garden and improve its appearance (not just for the summers, but for all seasons) is to install a new fence. You can choose from a variety of materials (wood, iron, aluminum, vinyl, etc.) and choose from a plethora of sizes and designs. A fence will mark off your lawn, and plants can grow in its spaces, adding both beauty and privacy to your home.
Keep these tips in mind, and they will help you prepare your garden for the summer.