Summer is almost upon us here in Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington. Although, with the weather we have been having recently, you could have guessed it had already come. There are several tasks you should consider performing before and during the warmest months of summer.
Routine mowing is essential to a healthy lawn, even during the warmer months of summer. Be sure that your lawn is being mowed weekly. During summer, cut your grass slightly higher than you would during spring or fall to ensure healthy root growth. Routinely mowing your lawn keeps the grass growing at a consistent and healthy rate and ensures a lush look. For information about sustainable lawn mowing, click here.
Consistent watering of your lawn and other plants is direly important during the summer months. Heat stress can quickly kill your lawn and your plants. That is why it is important to set up a sprinkler system, to ensure even and consistent watering. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an extravagant watering system to be sure your lawn is being watered. A simple sprinkler connected to a timer can often (though, perhaps, not always) do the same job an expensive system can. For information on proper watering, click here.
Pruning and Trimming
One of the worst times to prune and trim most shrubs, bushes, and trees is during the hot and dry months of summer, or when your plants are actively growing. This is why it is important to have this task completed before those days arrive. Prune bushes and shrubs to keep them growing and looking healthy, trimming away any dead parts of the plant. Not only does trimming and pruning create an aesthetic appeal, but it can also eliminate potential hazards (for instance, branches hanging over walkways or driveways). For more information about the importance of pruning and trimming, click here.
Reseeding should be, preferably, done in the fall. However, as long as the lawn is properly watered, filling in bare patches can be done during the warmer months as well. Simply mix some good compost into the lawn, lay seed down, and remember to fertilize as well (see below). Once the seed has been applied, cover with a top dressing to not only help retain more moisture but to stave off birds from eating the seed or the wind carrying the seed away.
Giving your yard the nutrients it desperately needs is another important service that should be performed on your lawn. Fertilizing your lawn keeps it looking lush and healthy. If your lawn runs out of stored nutrients, it can quickly brown out and die off. That is why it is important to feed your lawn all the necessary nutrients it needs. Fertilizing should be done at least twice a year. For more information about fertilizing your lawn, look here.
As we have mentioned throughout our blog, aerating and dethatching are two of the most important services to perform on your lawn to help ensure optimal health.
Aerating creates small holes in your lawn that allow water and nutrients to better reach the root system, creating a healthier lawn. Aerating before the hot, dry months of summer helps to ensure that your lawn is getting the most moisture and nutrients that it can. For more information about aeration, click here.
Dethatching is another important service that we have discussed thoroughly. Dethatching is usually performed in combination with aeration. Dethatching removes debris and another build-up from your lawn. The debris that accumulates on your lawn throughout the year blocks sunlight and moisture from penetrating deeper into the soil which hinders the growth of your lawn. For more information about the process of dethatching, look here.
We could go on and on with the various tasks you should consider performing before the warmest months of summer, but if you manage to do what was mentioned above, you should be off to a great start! If all of this feels too daunting, Urban Eden Landscaping would love to help! Contact us today, or fill out our FREE estimate request online.