Summer is all about fun in the sun and anything that involves nature’s embrace. If you are all about self-care and loving all that nature has to offer during the summer season, we have top landscaping tips and tricks to get your home prepped for the season.
There is a lot to consider when landscaping during the summertime. Often, your geographic area is going to be your greatest contributor to whether your landscape thrives or dies before you can reap the benefits.
Avoid the Inevitable- What You Don’t Do.
Rules are meant to be followed. Sorry to burst the bubbles of any skeptics out there. Rules even apply to how to landscape in the summertime. If you want your landscape to flourish and bloom, you need to understand what there is to do and not to do.
DON’T let the pests infest your summer landscaping. Chores may not be fun, but they ensure everything is kept at tip-top shape and thriving. Avoiding potential or living pests in your yard is more of a threat to your summer landscaping than you may realize. Pesty lawn critters can kill all the time you invested in and can prevent progress by causing brown spots in your yard. Talk with your local lawn experts about your options for preventing pests for your yard.
Don’t neglect to water your landscaping, especially if it is freshly planted. Just like how your body needs water to survive, your lawn needs to stay hydrated to thrive. Avoid watering at the hottest parts of the day, but also avoid waiting until nighttime. You don’t want the water to evaporate before proper hydration, but you also don’t want it to sit and make your yard soggy. It’s about balance.
Invest Your Time to Reep the Benefits- What You Should Do.
If you understand what not to do, you already have an idea of what you should do. However, we have additional tips for keeping your summer landscape at its best.
Mow correctly. This means you shouldn’t scalp your grass. You may be tempted, as the summer heat makes wanting to avoid this task all too relevant. Unfortunately, this may risk the deteriorating health of your hard.
Your summer landscape doesn’t just involve your lawn. It is important to dedicate some extra TLC (tender love and care) to your potted plants and herbs. It is important to keep your potted landscape well-watered and in the proper sun/shade ratio. Your local florist or lawn care professional will be able to help give you the pertinent information for your area.
Stay on top of weeds and other unwanted guests in your summer landscape. Weeds aren’t just an eyesore on your summer landscape; they also steal nutrients from your grass. To control weeds in the summertime, it is all about the preemergent you put down in the spring. This can be used a couple of times a year, depending on your need. It helps prevent the germination of weeds’ seeds in your landscape.
Plants That Thrive During the Summertime.
It varies depending on the area in which you are located, but there are some go-to plants to keep in mind for the summertime.
One of the plusses of the season is the ability to enjoy nature and all it offers us. It is about taking in the sun and kicking back with loved ones in nature. Outdoor activities are a must. It is ideal to have a yard you are proud of in the summertime. It should be an inviting place.
If you are a Florida native or live in another toasty, hot environment, the crape myrtle will survive and radiate in the summertime, but if you are a northern native, don’t expect it to make it through winter.
A foliage favorite by florists and customers alike, the eucalyptus is a crowd-pleaser. It continues to grow through heat and drought. It can grow as much as 6 feet a year, and it has fragrant leaves that can be trimmed and brought in to enjoy inside.
It’s a site of frost in the summer, or so it appears. Dusty miller provides a unique style that is perfect for the border of a home. As another popular foliage, the dusty miller is an attractive contrast to more colorful blooms. This frosty-looking foliage requires minimal care, accepts most soils and will complement your flowers in your summer landscape.
Summer Flowers to Keep in Mind.
Add some tropical flavor to your summer landscape with the hibiscus. It is loved for its large blooms that boast its beauty. Dictate where your hibiscus lives as the seasons change by planting it in a pot. This will help you enjoy the bold blooms all year. This character bloom requires at least six hours of sunlight a day, and it is known to bloom for years with little attention.
If you are all about the bold hues of summertime, the multicolored blooms sported by the lantana may be the flower of choice for you and your summer landscape. They love the sun, flower all season long and require little maintenance to stay vibrant. They are flashy enough to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and create a stunning display for a home’s landscape.
They live to face the sun and are proudly adopted as the favorite flower by people everywhere. The sunflower is a summer staple, and rightfully so, as they become more beautiful and more prominent in the peak of heat and sunlight. Once the blossom opens, it faces east. This is important to keep in mind when planting to get the desired aesthetic with your summer landscape.
There is a lot to learn when it comes to how to landscape for the summer, but that shouldn’t stop you. It is the season to see the fruit of our labor, the many joys of nature and to relish in the moments the season offers us.
There is so much that can be done to a home’s exterior to truly embrace all the beauty of the summer season. A fresh new paint color, a color blocking focus or an overall landscape makeover to name a few. What are you looking to do with your yard this summer? Our team at Wild Strawberry & More serving St. Johns, MI, would love to help you!