When the sun beats down day after day onto your lawn and landscaping, you may worry about how to keep everything looking healthy. Dying plants and brown lawns can end up costing you a lot of money if you don’t get ahead of the summer scorch. We offer some tips to keep your landscape from shriveling up with summer.
- Adjust your watering times. Watering in the middle of the day when the sun will evaporate some of it will not give your plants and lawn the proper amount of water. Instead, water early in the morning or in the late evening when the sun is not shining so bright over your landscape.
- Aerate. If you have compact soil, aerating it will allow water to flow more freely to plant and lawn roots.
- Mow less. If you normally set your lawnmower to the lowest setting, move it up a few notches so that your lawn can maintain moisture a bit longer. Waiting more than a week to mow can also help.
- Use drought resistant plants. Decorating with annuals like dusty miller, zinnias, marigolds, and cosmos can bring beautiful color to your landscape without using too much water.
- Add more stones and rocks. Decorative rocks and stones add dimension and do not change with the summer heat.
- Move plants to a more shady area. Some plants do not do well in the heat. If you can replant them in an area that offers more shade, you might save them. Or you might want to cover them with an umbrella for a bit during the day.
- Revive potted plants with soapy water. If the soil in your potted plants seems to accept no longer water, try adding a drop of dish soap to the water before pouring it over the plant. It can help loosen the soil and make it more accepting of the water.