Summer Yard Care Tips

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Summer Yard Care Tips | The Experienced Gardener

Taking care of your garden this summer requires a few different areas of focus. You’ll need to water your garden the right amount, and at the right time (watering in the morning on hot days is recommended because it gives your garden more time to soak up the water before the sun evaporates it). You’ll need to make sure your plants are planted correctly, with the right amount of spacing (planting too closely together can cause the plants to block sun and water from each other). 

You’ll need to make sure all of your plants are getting the right types and amounts of nutrients. Last but not least, you’ll have to make sure that you have a consistent plan for getting rid of weeds. Weeds aren’t just an eyesore in your garden, they can actually be detrimental to your plants. Weeds steal nutrients, water and even block sunlight from the plants that you actually want to be growing in your yard. There are a few things you can do to keep your yard’s weed population to a minimum.


Mow Your Lawn Often And Correctly

Did you know that there’s a right and wrong way to mow your lawn? There is actually a correct length you should be trimming your grass to, in order to prevent weeds and keep your lawn healthy. Different grasses have different optimal lengths that will aid in growing. Do your research about your specific type of grass to make sure you’re trimming it to the perfect length. On top of that, mowing your lawn consistently helps keep weeds out because by mowing often, you will regularly lop off the heads of growing weeds. It’s important to make sure the weeds aren’t growing longer than the blades of grass, even though they tend to grow much faster. Consistent mowing is the best way to do that.


Water Enough, But Not Too Much

It’s important to water your yard and lawn the right amount. For plants, the tags that come with them when you buy them should give you some information about how much water each variety needs. You can also check the internet for information. As far as lawns go, most lawns don’t need to be watered every day, or even every other day. Your lawn doesn’t need that much water, so any extra water is just going to help weeds. By giving small breaks in between waterings, you’ll help the grass grow stronger and more resilient.


Weed Killing Products

When it comes to products, there are a few things to consider. We know that a lot of people nowadays like to use as few chemicals as possible. That’s understandable, especially if you have kids and pets who like to run around in the yard. Chemical weed killers are almost always more effective, however, utilizing natural controls is considerably safer. If you don’t mind the risk, and want to use a product that will get the job done, go with the standard weed killers. Just try to use the smallest amount possible. If you want something more green and organic, ask your local landscaper, or staff at the gardening store for a recommendation.

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