Landscaping Guide For Summer

06/19/2018

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Let the summer sunshine highlight the beautiful landscaping on your property! For the majority of the year, Washington homeowners have to contend with rain, wind, and colder weather. To make the most of the good weather outside, it’s probably best that your get your yard in its most pristine condition. Here’s a quick landscaping guide to get help get you started:

  • Watering: While this can be difficult during the summer time depending on the local limitations, containers and hanging baskets should always be moist, and the grass should be watered weekly when natural rain is limited. Generally, your lawn only needs about 1-inch of water to survive through one summer week. If unsure, study your lawn’s soil type to know how much water you need to keep your lawn healthy and green. 
  • Deadheading / Harvesting: Deadheading your flowers encourage growth and maintain a well-kept appearance. Cutting flowers typically help direct energy and nutrients toward more growth. Also, clean up any early crops you’re growing to make some more room (as necessary) for new pumpkins, potatoes, or corn that be canned and stored in plenty during the winter months.
  • Start Light Pruning: While mid-winter and spring usually require pruning for most plants, it’s still best to do a little light pruning during the summer months to stay ahead. This will help an additional series of bloom growth.
  • Overseeding: You’ll want to fix some of the bare patches on your landscape by overseeding or applying one of those grass repair kits. These are usually a mixture of sand, grass seed, and a slow release fertilizer that can work wonders on dead lawn spots.
  • Service Lawnmower: While we tend to hold off a bit on grass cutting during the hot summer months, it’s still best to make sure your lawnmower is in its optimum condition for when you really need it. This may require blade sharpening, oil changing, and spark plug inspection which will depend on the type of lawnmower you own.
  • Pests: To get rid of grubs and other lawn pests, you can use organic solutions and safe pesticides. Doing the hard work now will save you more time later if a pest infestation takes ahold of your lawn.