Summertime seems to be the most challenging times of the year to maintain your yard. With the temperatures rising, lawns become “burnt” looking and dry. Plants begin to droop and do not look as perky as they should. The soil becomes dry and it is hard to grow just about anything without some maintenance. If the summer is a hot and humid one, this dryness will continue and you may lose plants, shrubs and flowers you planted. No only will this diminish all of your hard work that you put in from planting, but it will also become an eyesore for you to look at.
You may glance over at your neighbors yard and wonder how their landscaping looks so fresh and new. We would like to help you keep your landscaping looking fresh and bright this summer. It is very important to take precautions and maintain a watering schedule once the weather really heats up. This will save the plants, lawn and flowers from irreversible damage. It is essential to maintain any newly planted trees, flowers and shrubs.
We know that you may not be an expert landscaper and may not have had to evaluate your lawn and plants before, but there are key signs to notice that dehydration is present.
Plants/Trees/Fruit Dehydration Signs:
- The plant wilts
- Decrease in growth
- Plants appear yellow or yellow-green
- Tree canopy may be thin
- Plants may leaf out
- Gummy texture appears on branches, trunks or twigs of trees
- Wood and bark begin to crack more than normal
- Stems or twigs begin to die from the top and outer parts
- The whole plant may die
- Fruits may fall earlier than normal
Leaf Dehydration Signs:
- Leaves are smaller then normal
- Leaves curl up
- Misshaped leaves
- Leaves turn brown from the outside in
- Dull not shiny
- May turn blue-green, yellowish or brown (depending on the type of plant)
- May not detach from the branches
Flower Dehydration Signs:
- Flowers do not open fully
- More weeds appear
- Decrease in growth
Lawn Dehydration Signs:
- Spotty brown spots
- Blooming is shorter than normal
- Thinning patches
Keeping your plants, trees, flowers and lawn alive are based upon the water consumption of each. If there are periods of drought and you notice any of the above signs, it is best to start a watering schedule. The main thing to consider before starting this is to learn your cities water restrictions. A lot of areas will only allow certain days or hours of watering to occur due to water shortages, you may be fined if you choose to disregard these restrictions. Watering first thing in the morning if this is allowed, seems to be the best result when your plants/trees. If you choose to water in the afternoon, some of the water evaporates and less water is getting into the areas that it needs to.
When applying water:
- Lawns needs about an inch of water each week, but can survive with about a 1/2 inch as well.
- Apply 1 gallon of water per 1 foot once a week for plants.
- Apply water around the base of flowers, vegetables and herb to ensure the roots are being covered.
Remember to water before it is too late. The best way to avoid dehydration is to stay on top of the way your landscaping looks and pay attention to the weather.
Here are a few tips to follow as well:
- If footprints appear longer on the lawn, you may need to water more often.
- Grab a handful of soil and squeeze it, if it holds together you have enough water.
- Aerate your lawn once a year
- Avoid watering at night to avoid mites
- Remove weeds, they soak up the nutrients and water
- Mulch prevents weeds from growing vigorously.
We hope these tips will help you with your landscaping needs for the approaching summer.