Summer in the Pacific Northwest is one of the best times to enjoy all of our outdoor spaces. Warm weather brings barbecues and garden parties and all sorts of entertaining outdoor activities. However, it can also put a strain on your lawn and plants. This article will discuss some tips for keeping your landscape healthy throughout the summer months, here in the Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington area.
Keep Lawns Healthy
If your lawn is kept healthy it will always look lush and green. Aerating annually is a great way to ensure that your lawn is taking in all the proper nutrients it needs in order to thrive (for information about aeration, click here).
Removing built-up debris that accumulates on your lawn and relieving compaction that naturally occurs can be done by dethatching annually as well (for information about dethatching, click here).
Fertilizing is another way to improve the health of your lawn. Fertilizing several times throughout the year ensures that your lawn has all of the sustenance it needs. For information about fertilization, click here.
Weeds multiply and spread quickly. They also steal nutrients that can better serve your lawn. Therefore, removing these undesirable plants in a timely manner can greatly benefit the health and happiness of your lawn. For information about weeding organically, click here.
Though Washington is well-known for its dreary days and abundant rainfall, summer months can bring long stretches of dry days. Therefore, it is important to remember to water your lawn and garden beds. (Note: Remember to be mindful of periods of drought.)
Watering your lawn does not have to mean watering to the point of excess, it simply means knowing the proper way to use the water. If you have the means, drip irrigation is far better and less wasteful than using a traditional sprinkler or hose.
Water your lawn and plants early in the morning to ensure the water does not quickly evaporate. Watering at night is also an option, however, it does create the possibility of creating mold or fungus because the water sits for longer periods of time. Lawns, generally, only need about 1 inch of water a week.
Plants, shrubs, and bushes should be watered deeply, preferably by means of drip irrigation as well. For more information about proper watering techniques, click here.
Mulching your garden and flower beds is beneficial on many levels. Not only does mulching protect the otherwise exposed soil throughout your landscape, but it’s also a great way to naturally fight weeds from germinating and spreading. As mulch breaks down it adds nutrients to the soil, ensuring its health. Mulch also helps protect against erosion, and it insulates plants against extreme temperatures. Not sure what mulch is? Click here. For more information about the benefits of mulching, click here.
These are just a few tips for maintaining your landscape in the summertime. For optimal results, it is best to consider hiring a professional lawn care company, like Urban Eden Landscaping. A lawn care service will ensure your lawns, garden, and flowerbeds are maintained properly and efficiently. They have all of the best tools and skills to maintain your landscapes or take care of any of your other landscape needs.