It can be difficult to keep your landscape looking good throughout the summer. With the right knowledge and a little effort, your landscape can remain healthy and beautiful all summer long. The following landscape tips can help.
It’s important to keep your landscape watered throughout the summer. However, you will need to take care not to over water. Too much water can be harmful to plants and especially damaging to your lawn. In fact, overwatering your lawn can cause shallow roots, making it more susceptible to disease and malnourishment. Your landscape should receive the equivalent of one inch of rain per week. This amount should be split across two or three days.
Pruning should never take place during the summer. Removing leafy growth from plants can expose their stems, making them vulnerable to sun scald. Pruning during the summer also makes plants less water efficient.
Summer often brings an increase in insects and disease. Sometimes pests don’t cause enough damage to affect your landscape. Other times, they can be a major problem. How you treat pests is your own personal choice. While most pests are eventually taken care of by nature, insecticides can be used to eliminate pests and the damage they cause. There are a wide variety of insecticides available. The best time to spray for pests is in the late evening.
Lawns can be mowed as needed throughout the summer, but care should be taken to not remove more than one-third of its height. This prevents roots from becoming stressed and keeps weed infestations at bay.
Now is the time to deadhead flowers. Remove the heads of both annuals and perennials. This helps keep their energy on producing flowers as opposed to seed development.
Summer in Northern Virginia can be hard on landscapes. Spending a little time each day on your landscape can go a long way towards keeping it healthy.
If you are considering adding to your landscape this year, we can help! Grigg Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design and build company. We provide high quality landscapes and hardscapes to meet a variety of needs and budgets. Please contact us for more information.