What Are Some Summer Gardening Tips?

Every year when summer finally arrives it feels like we’ve waited forever for the long sunny days, time off from school, vacations, and gatherings by the pool. Don’t forget about the blooming beauty of our gardens. Summer gardening can seem overwhelming to some newbies who want all the beauty but don’t have the experience. Not to worry, Spring-Green, your neighborhood’s top choice of lawn care specialist since 1977, has all the summer gardening tips you need. Whether you are an experienced gardener, or your experience level is “green,” this guide will help you enjoy a stunning garden this summer. Let’s get started, shall we?  

Your Guide To A Glorious Summer Garden  

Watering is essential for keeping your summer garden thriving during the hot, dry season. Of course, there is a tipping point and overwatering can lead to damage to your plants. Overwatering can lead to increased crabgrass, disease, and shallow rooting. We won’t even talk about the skyrocketing of your water bill or wasting a valuable resource part of things. To avoid overwatering, follow these best practices:  

  • The step on it test. Just because the temps are high and the summer days are hot doesn’t mean your grass needs watering. A good rule of thumb is to step on your lawn and see if it springs back. If so, it does not require hydration. If not, you’ll need to get the sprinklers or hoses ready. You can also utilize a soil moisture sensor which can show you the amount of moisture at the plant’s roots and help you determine when your lawn truly does need watering.  
  • Cut it less. Is that music to your ears? Less lawn mowing the better, right? Well, no not really. We are simply suggesting you raise your lawnmower blade to keep longer grass blades that help to promote deeper root growth, resulting in a drought-resistant lawn, lowered rates of evaporation, and (bonus) fewer weeds.  
  • Timing matters. When you water your lawn is extremely important to its success. For example, watering in the early morning is a good time to prevent evaporation. Also, rainfall ebbs and flows during the summer months, so be sure to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.    

Keeping pests at bay is critical to your summer garden’s success. One essential to your healthy garden this is summer is to focus on keeping the pests away, Depending on your region of the world, these pests could range from squirrels and rabbits to centipedes and birds. There are many environmentally-friendly options for keeping your variety of pests away and you can also explore beneficial insects that eat pests. For example, ladybugs and their larvae eat aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, and mites. Other beneficial bugs include spiders, centipedes, ground beetles, dragonflies, and big-eyed bugs.  

Weeding is like showing love to your summer garden. Weeds grow in the summer too, unfortunately. Mulching early is an effective way to avoid a weed takeover of your summer garden. If you add a layer of cardboard or newspaper below your mulch, you get added benefits such as weed control at a low cost and a more natural alternative to landscaping cloth – both of which eventually break down into the ecosystem. Of course, when weeds do rear their ugly heads, pulling them out while they are young will help keep them away.   

More tips and best practices for your amazing summer garden.  

  • Harvest – If you have plants that bring your fruits and vegetables, be sure to harvest them regularly. The more you do, the more the plant will produce. The best time to harvest is in the morning, so enjoy the bounty from your garden as much as possible (and as frequently as possible).   
  • Mulch – Mulch offers more than just weed control. It also helps to keep moisture from evaporating, translating into less frequent watering. It can also offer the benefit of keeping the soil from getting too hot during the summer months.    
  • Fertilize – For a healthy and thriving summer garden, you should be fertilizing monthly. You’ll need to determine your soil’s needs and choose the right fertilizer that is safe for your plants and ecosystem.  
  • Clear – Raking and clearing away leaves is an important step to keeping disease away. Be sure to do this regularly to keep the harmful diseases away from your plants and shrubs.   
  • Compost. An indoor composter is an excellent way to support your summer garden. You simply place all the trimmings from the garden and the kitchen into your compost pile or an indoor composter and use this “waste” for the nutrition of your garden.   

Spring-Green has been America’s neighborhood lawn care specialist since 1977 and is standing by to help you with your summer gardening goals. Just a phone call away, our team of pros can be ready to support your big projects, help you with maintaining your beautiful lawn and garden, or help you if problems arise.   

Contact Spring-Green today.  

Don’t Make These Common Summer Lawn Care Mistakes

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by summer lawn care. Taking care of your lawn during the summer months is not rocket science. Still, it can feel like it sometimes – especially when there’s a mainstay of misleading and inaccurate information about how exactly to best care for your summer lawn. Of course, all intentions are in the right place, but where is a weary homeowner to turn when looking to keep their lawns healthy as the temperatures soar and the outdoor fun escalates? The good news is, your easy solution has arrived. The professional lawn care team at Spring-Green has put their heads together to compile a “mistake list” to eliminate the learning curve, dispel any false lawn care myths, and prepare you for a summer full of outdoor fun. Let’s get started!

Avoid These Summer Lawn Care Mistakes & Myths:

Don’t Burn with Fertilizer:

Adding too much fertilizer or adding it at the wrong time is a common summer lawn mistake that homeowners make. Too much fertilizer can burn grass blades and promote disease. By choosing slow-release fertilizers that do not need to be replenished as often, you can nourish your summer lawn with the vitamins it needs while not risking burning or other common problems.

Don’t Overwater or Underwater:

It’s important to find the perfect balance when it comes to watering your summer lawn. Too much or too little can cause big problems. If you water your summer lawn with too much water, you will wash away nutrients and create an environment ripe for fungus, making it susceptible to disease. Too little water can cause your grass to die. As a rule of thumb, most types of grass require one to two inches of water per week to thrive.

Don’t Neglect the Weeds:

Weeds are strong and resilient in nature. They’re especially strong and thriving during the summer months. Weeding is an essential task to keep your lawn healthy. If left unchecked (or “un-weeded” to be more accurate), your lawn could get into serious trouble from overpowering weeds. Be sure to check for weeds routinely and remove as quickly as possible when they appear in your summer lawn.

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Don’t Cut with Dull Blades:

Have you checked the sharpness of your mower blades lately? Cutting the summer lawn is a common mistake that is easy to make, but almost just as easy to prevent. Dull mower blades can injure your grass blades and impact the aesthetic look of your lawn.

Don’t Cut Too Short:

Just like watering, mowing requires a perfect balance between too much and too little. Many overzealous homeowners take the step of mowing their lawn too much or leaving the grass blades too short. As a rule of thumb, you should never cut the grass below the one-third mark. If you do cut your grass too short, you may cause it to lose valuable nutrients and succumb to disease or even die.

Don’t Leave Clumps of Cut Grass After Mowing:

The grass grows like crazy in the summer, and post-cut grass clumps can seriously pile up. Resist the temptation to leave the clumps as they lay after you mow your lawn this summer. The left-behind grass clippings can block sun from reaching your lawn and cause yellowing and even cause your grass to die. Be sure to rake up the grass clippings to keep your lawn healthy.

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Don’t Choose the Wrong Grass for Your Area:

Certain types of grass fit your geographic location, and others don’t. It’s that simple. If you choose grass types that aren’t a good fit for your climate and soil characteristics, you will be struggling against the odds to help your summer lawn succeed.

Don’t Neglect the High Traffic Areas:

Summer is the time for increased outdoor activity, raised temperatures, and scorching sun – all elements that can lead to wear and tear of the summer lawn. One way to mitigate against this issue is to install stepping stones or pavers in highly trafficked areas. You may try other ways to minimize traffic on your summer lawn that includes fencing and path lighting.

Don’t Overlook Signs of Insects and Pests:

Summer lawns are prime targets for insect infestations, such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, fire ants, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. A routine pest preventative maintenance plan can help you keep your lawn from getting overtaken by these common summer insects.

Summer lawns are more important than any other time of the year when outdoor enjoyment needs are at their highest levels. Myths and mistakes for the care of your summer lawn abound. Don’t fall for the common missteps, just call the pros in from Spring-Green to assist you in your summer lawn pursuits. Spring-Green can share professional know-how that fits your unique area, your unique lawn and your unique goals. We’ve been the neighborhood lawn care specialists for over thirty years, so you can trust that we know the difference between summer lawn care myth and reality.

Contact Spring-Green for a consultation today.