Ultimate Summer Landscaping Checklist for Texas
Summer in North Central Texas, we’re no strangers to triple-digit head days during the summer. If you’ve spent spring tending to your lawn and garden, you might be tearing your hair out at the thought of those high temperatures scorching and drying all your hard work.
Even through the worst of the summer heat, there are ways you can protect your lawn and ensure that it stays lush and beautiful for years to come. Use Arterior’s Ultimate Summer Landscaping Checklist to keep your San Angelo landscaping healthy and happy this summer.
Add Mulch to Your Flower Beds and Shrubs
Even though our summers are hot and humid with a decent chance of rain, many homeowners worry about their landscaping drying out during the hot summer months. Adding a fresh layer of mulch to your flower beds, shrubs, and even trees can help ensure they stay properly hydrated. First, the mulch creates an extra layer between the soil and the sun that traps water and prevents it from evaporating from the roots. Mulch also prevents weed growth. Weeds are not only unsightly, but they can steal water and nutrients away from your landscaped plants. Two to four inches of mulch is ideal.
Water Your Lawn Weekly, Preferably Early in the Morning
Of course, it is important to water your lawn in the summer. But you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly. It’s better to water infrequently but more thoroughly than every day. Installing a sprinkler system is a great way to ensure you know exactly how much water your lawn gets each week. Try to water early in the morning when you can. Early morning is ideal because the water has a chance to absorb into the grass’s roots before it can evaporate, but it also allows the grass to dry off quickly and prevents fungal problems.
Aerate Your Lawn
Plants need three things to grow: oxygen, water, and sunlight. During the summer, sunlight is not hard to come by. We’ve already discussed ways to ensure your lawn receives the proper hydration. Aerating your lawn can help make sure that the roots get the oxygen they need to thrive. Aerating is the process of strategically poking small holes into the soil of your lawn to help oxygen penetrate more deeply into the root system. You have a couple of options for aerating your lawn. First, you can purchase a hand-operated lawn aerator. There are also electric options if you are serious about doing your own lawn care. But if you prefer to leave your landscaping to the professionals, you can hire a professional lawn service to aerate your lawn.
Raise Your Mower Setting
Protecting your lawn’s root system should be your top priority during the hot summer months. That’s why most lawn care professionals recommend you keep your grass longer during the summer. Longer grass blades help shade the roots and protect them from heat damage. Longer grass may also retain water more efficiently. Whether you mow your own grass or hire someone else to do it for you, most push mowers and ride-on mowers can be adjusted to different heights.
After mowing, it’s important to dethatch your lawn. This refers to removing the clippings you’ve just cut from the grass. You don’t want to remove all of the clippings because they can provide an excellent fertilizer. However, too many clippings can become impacted around the base of the grass blades, hindering growth and providing a breeding ground for pests and disease.
Feed Your Lawn with Low-Nitrogen Fertilizer
You can and should continue to fertilize your lawn throughout the summer. However, choose a low-nitrogen fertilizer, especially if you have cool-season grasses. Using nitrogen-based fertilizers during the summer could overstimulate blade growth when you want to focus on root development. If you have any questions about what type of fertilizer to use on your lawn at any time of the year, our team at Arteriors is happy to help guide you toward the correct choice for your lawn’s needs. We recommend fertilizing every six weeks during the summer.
Continue to Prune and Weed as Normal
When you prune a shrub, tree, or bush, you cut back some branches and stems. It’s especially important to remove any dead or diseased branches and promote new growth. If you have any fruit-bearing plants or trees, be sure to remove branches that have already borne fruit and any overgrowth to make room for more productive growth in the next year. Plants experience the most growth during long, sunny summer days, so if you prune them now, they’ll have enough time to fill out again and look their best. As mentioned earlier, weeds can draw water and nutrients away from the plants you want in your lawn and garden. Weed regularly to help keep your yard healthy.
Is Your Lawn Irrigation System Ready for A Texas Summer?
It’s not too late to add a sprinkler system to your lawn to help keep your lawn healthy and hydrated throughout the summer months. Schedule a consultation and learn how we can help turn your lawn into your outdoor oasis.