Being that the summer season is the time of year when most of us spend a lot of hours outside, of course it’s also the time when many of us are the most concerned about our lawn’s appearance. And while one route to take is to hire a professional landscaper, if you’re someone who’s on a really tight budget, you might be looking for some other options.
Thankfully, there are some things that you can do on your own in order to make your lawn (and your trees) look absolutely amazing this summer. If you’d like some tips on how you can do that, please keep reading.
Tend to your blades. When it comes to your lawnmower, it’s a good idea that you make sure that your blades are sharp. That way, the mower will cut your grass rather than tear it. Also, it’s a good idea to raise the blades on your mower as well. The second tip will explain why.
Don’t cut your grass too low and don’t prune your trees at all. Since the sun is hotter during the summertime, you want to make sure that you don’t cut your grass too low. According to many professional landscapers, if you happen to have cool-season grass, you should leave it between 3″-4″. On the other hand, if you have warm-season grass, your grass should stand at around 2″-3″ inches. As far as your trees, summer is not the season to prune them. It’s best to do that in early spring or the fall instead. For more information on cool and warm season grasses, visit Sod Solutions and put “cool and warm season grasses” in the search field.
Water wisely. Just like you need plenty of water to keep you well hydrated during the summertime, your greenery does as well. When it comes to your grass, it’s best to water it with your hose either very early in the morning or late in the evening. That will prevent the water from evaporating. The same goes for your trees; however, make sure that when you water your trees that you pay the most attention to the ones that are closest to pavement or hard surfaces. The reason why is because they tend to feel the effects of the summer heat more than any of your other trees. As far as what type of watering method is best, you should go with what is known as “deep watering”. For more information on it, visit Garden-View and put “benefits of deep watering” in the search field.
Put down some fertilizer. Something that both your grass and your trees need plenty of is fertilizer. As it relates to your grass, the key is to do it at just the right time, which would be about a month before the really hot temperatures start to set in. The reason why is because if you wait until it’s too hot, it could actually end up burning your grass rather than helping it. Your trees need fertilizer (applied in the same way) too. However, don’t forget to also add mulch about a foot or so away from the trunk of the trees. That will help the area around them to better absorb moisture.
Get rid of the weeds. If you were to ask someone who works at a company like Stefano’s Landscaping for another tip that will help to keep your trees and lawn in great shape, they would probably recommend that you do all that you can to keep weeds and insects at bay. Targeted post-emergent herbicides is one formula that will kill weeds without damaging your (turf) grass. Just make sure that you apply it when the temperature is less than 85 degrees. Otherwise, it could harm your lawn, including the area around your trees. For more information on some of the best ways to remove weeds naturally, visit Eco Scraps and put “ways to kill weeds naturally” in the search field.