Jun 21, 2017

Prepare Your Yard For Summer With These 6 Tips



The summer and hot days are here, and if you haven’t already – now is the perfect timing to do something about your yard.  This may seem like a difficult and extremely challenging task to complete, especially when the days are getting hotter and hotter, but it really doesn’t have to be.

If you organize the work properly and follow some general guidelines, you will be able to refresh your garden in a blink of an eye. It will take some time, but you can learn to enjoy working in your garden, and not just enjoy – love. We’ve gathered some tips that may help you get your yard ready for the summer.
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Mow your yard regularly

One of the most important factors when it comes to lawn health is regular and proper mowing. There are various reasons for doing so, from looks to the general well-being of the yard and all the plants in it. If you want to take real good care of your lawn, there are some general practices that may come in handy.

  • Frequent mowing during the spring will help strengthen the roots, and it will make the grass healthier and more resistant.
  • Cutting more than one-third of the height of the grass can cause damage to the grass and to the soil beneath.
  • Keep your grass longer during the summer months, as it provides better ground protection and helps preserve the moisture in the soil.

Fertilize your grass

Different types of grass require different fertilization methods. This goes for practically all the plants in your yard or garden.

If you have warm season grass then the best results are gained with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer during the spring and late summer. When it comes to a cool-season grass fertilization is necessary during spring, right after the winter dormancy and during the early fall. Higher nitrogen concentration during the fall application is advised.

Build raised beds

Another great way to ease your gardening chores and separate the plants is to make raised beds for your plants. This will help you access them easier, and it will be extremely beneficial to the plants, as they will all be in their own specified types of soil.

Raised beds help keep weeds away from your plants and it helps you protect your plants, especially if you have a large and yard-friendly family. This also helps your plants with aeration, as the air circulates better around the roots when they are elevated in a loose structure.

Put mulch over your soil

Mulch represents old dried leaves, wood chips, grass clippings or hay, and it’s used to keep weeds away from your lawn. It also keeps your soil cool and keeps it moisturized properly so that the grass and the nearby plants can have enough water. It should be evenly spread all over your lawn, but make sure it’s always separated by an inch from plant stems to prevent rotting issues.

Water your lawn

Depending on the type of grass and plants you have in your yard, you need to make sure you’re watering it properly.

Using cheap and useful gardening accessories like retractable gardening hose reels or sprinkler systems, you can manage your lawn watering faster, and it will help you maintain your lawn’s health. Best results are gained when watering early in the morning or at night so that the grass can absorb most of the water before it evaporates.

Watch out for aggressive plants

If you have any kind of spreading plant, make sure to limit its movement and expansion. One great way of doing so is planting such a plant in a large pot. After that, you should cut the bottom of that pot out, and plant the entire thing, the plant and the pot in soil. This will restrict the plant from growing sideways, without limiting its root system.

Conclusion

We hope that these tips helped you understand – gardening and yard maintenance doesn’t have to be a hard chore. If you have a plan and if you define your goals in advance, you can even catch yourself enjoying the time you’ve spent working around the yard.

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