Spring means the awakening of flowers, trees, and grasses from their winter slumber, but by the time summer rolls around, you're less concerned with how pretty everything looks in bloom and more worried about how you're going to protect those new plants from the summer sun. But protecting your yard and garden can be hard when those plants need that sun for growth and nourishment. If you're wondering how to summer-proof your yard while still allowing your plants to grow, then here's what you need to know.
Watch the Lawn
When the sun gets hot and the air gets dry, that's summer – and that's when you need to take special precautions. Try not to walk on the grass so much, as it compacts down your soil and makes it harder to get water and air down to the roots. Also, make sure you're not cutting the grass too low; short grass burns more easily and causes the roots to be shorter and shallower. Having shallow roots means ensuring the grass will be more prone to dying as it won't be able to reach the water that's a bit further underground. Finally, don't water in the hottest parts of the day (10-3), as that'll just ensure that most of the water evaporates rather than reaching the roots.
Customize the Garden
Because it has multiple kinds of plants inside of it, your garden's treatment is going to be a little more specialized. Water till there's an inch's worth of water on top of the soil two or three times a week (every day if you have your plants in pots, rather than in the ground) to ensure proper hydration without making everything so waterlogged it can't grow. Make sure to watch for signs of under-watering in plants that will show it first; melons, cucumbers, and any kind of squash can act as the canary in the coal mine, being the first to wilt when water is needed.
Treat the Trees
Summertime is a rather pivotal time in a tree's life, and you should handle different types with care. Fruit trees can be pruned to best effect in July and August, removing problem areas and strengthening the tree. However, heavily pruning other trees in this same time frame will only stress your tree out and possibly open it up for infection. As for watering, you'll want to turn the hose on (and keep it on) until the ground through the edge of the tree's roots is saturated with water, giving the roots easy access to the nutrients they need to keep the tree looking good all summer long. Contact local professionals, such as those from Treetime Inc, for further assistance.
The landscaping in your yard can do much more than make everything look pretty. Do you have areas of your property that remain soggy long after the rains have passed? Are there areas that get washed out during storms? Are there some places that simply aren't usable when you want to use them? Our blog will provide you with several ideas for using landscape design to make areas of your property that aren't currently usable into areas that are enjoyable, beautiful and maybe even increase the value of your property. We hope that you find the solution to whatever problems you are having right here.