Summer Landscaping Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

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Summer is the time of year when your landscaping can really shine. In many ways, the work you do during the rest of the year is all meant to have your property looking its best during those warm summer evenings spent out on the deck or patio. With that said, you can’t exactly take summer off from your gardening duties. You still need to keep up with your landscaping chores in the summer to make sure you get the most out of the plants you’ve chosen to include. We hope these tips help your summer landscaping be a huge success.

Do – Monitor for Pests

The presence of pests is one thing that can quickly put a damper on your summer landscaping plans. It would be a shame to have all of your hard work go to waste because of pests, but it can happen. Pay close attention to what might be crawling around in your garden and take action quickly to limit the damage.

Don’t – Forget to Mow

You probably know that mowing frequently is important to keep your grass looking sharp, but you may not be aware that it’s important for the health of the plant, as well. By mowing frequently to a consistent height – along with watering properly and occasionally feeding the lawn – you can give yourself a great chance to make it all the way through the summer with beautiful grass.

Do – Be Smart with Water

You’ll obviously need to apply water to your landscape in order to keep it healthy and green during the hot summer. However, you don’t want to be wasteful with that water, so it’s important to have a good plan. Specifically, consider watering your landscape early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to get high in the sky. If you water during the heat of the day, you’ll waste much of that water as it will evaporate before it can be gobbled up by plant roots. Get into the habit of watering early and you should see a benefit.

Don’t – Pick the Wrong Plants

Part of the formula for success with summer landscaping comes down to picking the right plants. Select plants that are drought-tolerant and able to thrive even on small amounts of water. That way, even if the summer is hot, you won’t have to fight too hard to keep your landscaping alive. Also, if you have a large enough space, you might want to consider shade trees as a way to make your yard more comfortable on those hot summer afternoons.

Do – Get Out There!

There is no point in working hard to maintain a beautiful landscape if you aren’t going to take time to enjoy it. Be sure to get out in your yard when there isn’t work to be done so you can simply take a deep breath, look around, and appreciate your work. These relaxing moments will provide you with motivation to keep up with your gardening duties so you can have more such moments in the future.