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How to Preserve Your Landscaping During Drier Months

Regardless of where you live you have probably be faced with the challenge of keeping your lawn green and the rest of your landscaping healthy during the drier months of the year. If you live in an area where landscape watering has been reduced due to watering restrictions, it can makes keeping everything green even more challenging. As a result you may feel like there is nothing you do can do during dry weather and you’re ready to throw up your hands and say, “I give up!” Well, don’t. A few months of drier weather is no reason to abandon all hope of having a ‘green thumb’. In this article we’ll share some helpful tips that will explain how to successfully preserve your landscaping during the months of the year.

Water Deeply But Less frequently

It may seem like a good idea to do lawn watering daily, but in fact, a deep soak once or twice a week is more beneficial for your lawn and landscaping than a quick hand-watering each day. A period of extended watering encourages the development of deeper roots and helps flush and reduce salt build-up in the soil. Using a deep, infrequent watering approach also helps reduce heat stress in plants, flowers and for your lawn, which will help them all thrive. If you use a lawn watering system, try to water early in the morning, preferably between 4 and 8 AM. This will give your lawn, plant and flower roots a better opportunity to absorb the water before the sun rises and dry it up. Use your lawn watering timer to setup a lawn watering schedule for 2-3 watering days a week of moderate watering, or 1-2 days of extended watering.

Use Mulch In Your Beds

Using mulch to layer flower and landscaping beds helps keep the soil moist after each watering. It also slows evaporation which means you don’t have to use as much water to get the same results. Mulch will also help keep the soil cool by limiting exposure to the sun and allowing water to slowly sink into the soil. For best results, layer organic mulch (leaves, wood chips, etc.) to a depth of 2-3 inches around trees, plants and flowers. Not only will mulch help promote healthy growth, it also adds a clean appearance to your landscaping.

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Don’t Fertilize

When the weather is dry, fertilizing can actually do a lot more harm than good to your lawn, plants and bushes. The nitrogen and high salt content in most fertilizers can burn grass and other plants, especially if there’s not enough water to dilute the concentration of nutrients. Fertilizer that is left on a lawn or plants without any water can cause certain areas to turn brown and/or yellow, and in some cases kill the roots. Unless you can apply water to the area you fertilize, avoid it during drier months.

Use Native Plants

If you live in a climate that experiences several dry months each year, plan to use as many native plants in your landscaping as possible. If your beds are already established, gradually replace heat or water dependent plants with some hardier, native varieties. Native plants are more likely to survive your region’s dry weather. Some examples of drought-tolerant flowers to try are: Irises, Black-eyed Susans, and Partridge Peas. In regions where water is scarce, try xeriscaping, which is the practice of designing landscapes that reduces or eliminates the need for regular irrigation.

Mow Less, Deadhead More

When water is scarce grass grows slower. So during drier months you won’t have to fire up your lawn mower as often. However, when you do cut your lawn, make sure to adjust the mower height to a minimum of about a ½ inch above the recommended setting. Keeping your grass a little higher during drier months will improve its drought tolerance by keeping the roots cooler and less susceptible to the sun. In your beds, removing the faded or dead flowers from plants (deadheading) and those that have fallen to the ground. Cleaning out dead foliage will remove a source of stress for plants, flowers and shrubs by helping them conserve energy they would have used to develop seeds.

Call the Experts

There is no doubt that dry weather puts added stress on landscaping, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having a beautiful looking yard. If you need help keeping your landscaping green, call the experts at The Grounds Guys. We have the knowledge and experience to keep your lawn and rest of your yard looking great all year long. So don't let dry weather prevent you from having a green lawn, request an estimate from The Grounds Guys today.