So what exactly is there to do with your landscape while the heat continues to ramp up in July? Actually quite a bit!
Your yard still needs your attention even if it feels like it’s too hot to be outside. I know that staying in the nice, cool, air conditioned house feels like the best option, but you put those plants in the ground so now it’s your responsibility to keep them alive!
So what exactly should you be focusing on during the hotter months of the year? Here’s a quick list to make sure your landscape continues to thrive.
• Did you know that as nighttime temperatures stay above 70 degrees, fungus can begin to attack your lawn? Keep an eye out for brown patches as that indicates the presence of a fungus. If you notice any fungal signs, look into a fungicide or let Complete Landsculpture come check it out.
• Unfortunately, mosquito season is in full effect. Although there hasn’t been much rain, it is still a good idea to do a sweep of your property and dispose of any unwanted standing water. If you have some standing water that you’d like to keep, make sure to toss in a Mosquito Dunk comprised of Bacillus thuringiensis, a naturally occurring bacteria which is only harmful to insects in their larval stage.
• Mulch, mulch and more mulch! I know this is a “tip” for that gets put out for each and every season, but that’s because mulch actually helps that much! Mulch is especially useful during the summer as it keeps weeds out of the garden (which are competing for water and nutrients with your wanted plants) and it keeps moisture in the soil.
• Now is the time of year to keep your grass high! Never mow more than 1/3 of a grass blade off and keep your grass about 3.5 to 4 inches tall. As long as you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the length of your grass, make sure to leave the clippings on your lawn as this returns nutrients to your soil while also acting as mulch.
• If you have a compost pile, make sure not to add any weeds that contained seed heads. Most compost doesn’t get hot enough to kill the seeds which may come back with a vengeance when you spread your compost.
If you feel like your lawn could use a little extra help during these hot summer months, contact Complete Landsculpture to set up weekly maintenance visits from our talented landscaping teams.
By: Wylee Wooldridge