The summer is heating up, and here’s hoping your lawn is ready for it. There is nothing worse for your curb appeal than having an overgrown lawn with unmaintained bushes and trees. That is unless it is a brown, dying lawn with dead plants surrounding it. The fact is that landscaping requires maintenance. And, if you do it correctly, you can save time and create a more beautiful space. These tips make summer lawn care a snap.
The first thing that most people think about their lawn or landscaping duties is the amount of time it will take. As a general rule, you should keep the green areas designed for the level of work you are willing to put into it. And, you would be surprised how much control you have. If you find that the grass is growing faster than you can mow it, consider changing your watering and fertilization schedule. There is a big difference between grass that is poised to take over the yard, and grass that is dry and brown. Find a system for watering and fertilization that minimizes the amount of trimming you have to do while keeping the area green.
There are a few things you can do on your own to help your garden stay beautiful throughout the summer and into the fall. When you mow your lawn, be sure to:
- Use the highest setting on your lawnmower, for sun protection
- Water your lawn in the early morning, before the heat of the day
- Keep an eye out for brown patches and other signs that something is wrong
- Make the area inhospitable to insects, which can kill your plants and infiltrate buildings
Use a trimmer to keep the lawn edges neatly so that the area looks both professional and fantastic. For other plants, monitor their growth, and remove seasonal plants when they are past their prime. Consider planting a variety of seasonal and perennial plants that bloom and ripen at different times, so your garden always looks fresh.
For the Pros
At some point, you will realize that you need to remove or change some part of the landscape. When this happens, you may need to call a professional. Land-clearing takes special equipment, especially for the tough jobs. If you just want to add a raised bed garden on the side of the property with a retaining wall separating the garden from the lawn or walkways, you may be able to do it yourself. But, if you need to remove trees, you should find the right person to do it. Even pruning bushes takes expertise. After all, if you trim bushes or trees too much, they may die. Professional landscapers give you guidance to design, create and maintain your outdoor landscape so that it is a joy for years to come.
Caring for your yard should be a treat. These maintenance tasks are simple, for the most part. But, when you do what you can, and let the landscape contractors do the rest, you get the look you want for your outdoor landscape, without all the hassle.