6 Lawn Care Tips for the Summer

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Real Estate Tips
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During the months of July and August, the thrill of the garden’ spring rebirth may have worn off. The days are hot and mosquitoes are everywhere. Save time and sweat while keeping your lawn clean and garden healthy with these summer lawn care tips.

Manage watering. The rule that a lawn needs about an inch of water every week is a good starting point but often overlooks plenty of variables. In a dry or windy weather, plants tend to lose more water through minute pores on their leaves. Flat or wide leaves lose water faster than plump or narrow leaves. Plants growing in clay soil needs less watering compared to those grown in sandy soil. Instead of relying on a general rule, here are clues that will show you it’s time to water your plants.

  • Soil is dry an inch or two beneath the surface. This can be done by sticking a finger to ground near the roots or digging out a slice of soil using a trowel.
  • Lawn doesn’t bounce right back upon stepping on it.
  • The leaves of plants show the slightest wilting sign.

Do not feed your lawn. Whether you live in the South or North, the hot dry months of July and August are when the plants grow slowly. Fertilize during the fall when the cooler weather encourages the grass to grow fat roots in preparation for winter. 

Lightly feed perennials and vegetable plants. Unlike the lawn which prefers to be left alone, vegetable plants and annual flowers such as geraniums, petunias, and impatiens will appreciate some light feeding during summer. They usually spend a lot of energy blooming and making fruits. Whether it is a dry or liquid fertilizer, choose products that are high in potassium content and lower nitrogen component.

Mow higher. Each type of lawn grass has a low and high mowing height. Summer is the perfect time to mow high, so the tall grass shades the ground, keep the roots cooler and slows down water evaporation processes. Check out lawn service reviews if you are thinking about hiring professionals to do the job for you.

Get rid of faded flowers. Keep flowering plants longer and get rid of faded blooms that have turned brown and withered. This practice is also called deadheading.

Pay special attention to container gardens. Plants that are growing in containers and hanging baskets do not have the luxury of sending their roots afar to search for nutrients and water. Make sure you water these plants frequently.

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