With the full heat of the summer finally here and with temperatures soaring into the 90s or higher, now is the time to ensure your plants and grass can handle the heat. While switching into summer plant and grass care mode may seem complicated, with a few irrigation tips, it doesn’t have to be.
Walk Through Your Yard
As you walk through your yard, make sure you look for weeds, disease, pests, plants, and grass that need water. It’s a good idea to take a trash bag with you to pull and dispose of any pesky weeds you come across. Weeding is the easiest when the soil is still soft. The best time to try to remove weeds is in the early morning before the dew fully dries or after a rain.
Water Everything Deeply
If you want to keep your plants, shrubs, and trees looking great, try not to water as often, but when you do water, ensure it goes deeper. You need about one inch of water per week but delivered all at the same time. Try to water in the early morning and point the head toward the base of the plant. If you don’t have time to do this yourself, consider having an irrigation system installed. You can automate when the plants and grass are watered to ensure everything is getting the water needed.
If you don’t mind the look of brown grass during a drought, you don’t have to water your lawn. It will simply go dormant until it starts raining again.
Deadhead Any Faded Flowers
Have you noticed some of the blooms that were vibrant earlier in the week are now faded and spent? If so, shear them off so your plant can focus on producing new, healthy blooms.
Mow Right Way
When you mow your lawn properly, it will discourage the presence of pests and weeds. Experts recommend setting your mower’s deck at about 2.5 to 3 inches and keep your blade sharp.
Know When it is Time to Prune
It’s fine to prune off any dead or diseased parts of a plant, tree, or shrub at almost any time. If you have trees or shrubs that flower in the spring, don’t prune them during the summer. Instead, wait until after they have bloomed again, next year. For your summer blooming plants, it is usually a good idea to prune them before new growth appears in the spring.
Create a Compost Pile
Find a location in your yard and make a three-inch by three-inch square with posts and some chicken wire. You can add kitchen scraps, paper, eggshells, and shredded leaves to create an organic compost pipe. Be sure to turn everything once per week and keep it moist. This is eventually going to give you “black gold” for your plants and garden.
Creating a Beautiful Summer Lawn and Garden
As you can see, there are several irrigation tips you can use to ensure your lawn and garden remains healthy and beautiful throughout the summer months. If you want to learn more about installing an irrigation system, contact our team at The IDL Company.