Seasonal Tips from Eagle Crest Landscape Management
Summer’s arrival brings longer days and more sunshine. This season also means more of your favorite outdoor activities, such as relaxing in the backyard or working in the garden. In fact, there is no better time to refresh your outdoor space.
For more tips on how we can help you take care of your yard during this hot summer,
give us a call: at (503) 641-5100
1. Water wisely. If you want a lawn that is lush and green all summer, watering is important. One of the biggest issues your lawn might face during the summer is the drought. Generally lawns need at least one inch of water per week to stay in good shape. When watering, apply water directly to the ground rather than getting a plant's foliage wet; water sitting on the leaves can lead to disease. Soaker hoses are great for this! The best time to water is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the air is cooler and there is less risk of evaporation from heat and wind.
2. Cutting. Regular cutting of the lawn is important because it thickens the grass. Regarding the cutting technique: Little and often is better than all in one go. Switch directions and patterns each time you mow, so that the grass straws aren’t pressed in the same direction every time. In the middle of the summer, you might want to keep the grass a little longer, as it withstands periods of draught better.
3. Add Color with Summer Annuals. Once summer heat arrives, many spring-blooming annuals such as pansy, viola, and osteospermum fade. Make your yard look its best by pulling out the spent plants and replacing them with heat-loving varieties such as angelonia, lantana, ageratum, coleus, pentas, portulaca, salvia, sweet potato vine, and zinnia. Heat-loving annuals grow quickly in warm temperatures and will soon provide a beautiful burst of color.
4. Mulch carefully. Shallow layers of mulch work to keep your soil cool, cut down on weeds and slow the loss of moisture. But be careful not to mulch too deeply, as too much mulch can inhibit oxygen from reaching plant roots and encourage mold. As a rule of thumb, mulch only two to three inches on top of the soil.
5. Enjoy your backyard oasis! All that time and care you have invested will make entertaining or simply relaxing and enjoying the hazy, lazy days of summer with family and friends even better. There’s simply nothing that compares to running barefoot through your lush green grass.
WE CAN HELP
One of the simplest ways to care for your yard smarter and more efficiently while avoiding mistakes
is to let the professionals handle it. Call Eagle Crest Landscape Management today. (503) 641-5100
Our monthly service plans ensure that your yard always gets that extra TLC.