Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Landscaping Tips

Now that summer is here, it’s a good idea to look at the landscaping around your home. Depending on what part of the country you live in, summer can be one of the most challenging seasons for maintaining landscaping and lawns. The hotter it gets, the more detrimental it is for your plants and lawns because the soil dries up. Plants have the tendency to wither if they are not hydrated properly. This can be a challenge if you live in an area where water restrictions are imposed.

Why is landscaping so important? It creates curb appeal that can help you to sell your home. It can also add value to your property, which is always a good thing. However, the wrong landscaping and/or unattractive, withering, and dry landscaping can prove to be detrimental to the sale of your home.

Consider the following tips to keep your home’s landscape hydrated and looking lush and beautiful during the summer months:

·        Look for signs of plant and lawn dehydration early. It is essential to determine whether or not your landscaping is showing signs of dehydration. If plants are wilting and growth is slow, you should tend to your landscaping immediately. Other signs of dehydration include yellowing leaves, browning leaf edges, and the upward curling of grass blades.

·        Mow the grass frequently. Also, mowing the grass as tall as you can allows the grass to draw moisture from a bigger volume of soil, resulting in the need for less watering. Mowing the grass to heights of three to three and a half inches means that the lawn has a better chance of surviving a long drought period.

·        Water your lawn and plants during the appropriate times. The best time to water a lawn is from 6am to 8am when water pressure is highest and water evaporation is lowest. You should not water your lawn during the middle of the day and windy conditions. When you know the best time for irrigation, you can conserve water.

·        Keep the dirt near the foundation of your house moist. When the dirt is dry, the foundation can have the tendency to crack. This can be very costly to repair, so make sure the dirt is semi-wet.

·        Control the growth of weeds. First, inspect for weeds to spot any growth early. Next, look into lawn treatments for weed control. You will need a pre-emergence weed control treatments and post-emergence treatments.

You can still have a beautiful lawn and landscaping that will wow potential buyers this summer. Be smart about your solutions to keep your landscaping looking great during the hot months!