Tips to Keep Your Landscape Green

Maintaining lush green landscapes during the dry summer months can be difficult. It is essential to use organic practices to keep things green and healthy. This requires careful mowing, pruning, planting, and good soil. Here are some tips to keep your landscaping looking great all year.

Landscape

You can water your landscape efficiently to keep your plants healthy and conserve water. Drip irrigation is 90%-95% efficient at delivering water (as opposed to sprinklers’ 70% effectiveness). Hand watering is also possible using a hose, a watering can or a bucket (use great lifting mechanics), which allows you to be close to your plants. It’s also a great way to spot any pests and diseases as you water.

Your garden doesn’t need to suffer if Mother Nature fails. We have backup watering equipment and other tools to keep your garden hydrated. Let’s all grow together!

Plant drought-tolerant and native plants. Learn more about xeriscape gardening, which emphasizes low-water, sustainable plantings.

Plant flowering plants that bloom all summer. Plant flowers and plants with long blooming periods, such as geraniums, impatiens, and begonias, to keep colour alive in your garden. Most of these plants are great in pots. You can also choose flowers that bloom at different times of the year, such as early-blooming peonies or later-blooming bearded Iris. Black-eyed Susans are a good choice for encouraging longer flowering. Mix and match plants that bloom at different times. To keep the blooms from fading, add small or dwarf evergreen shrubs.

Many herbs, often from the dry Mediterranean climate, add greenery to your garden and bloom colour without needing much water.

Regular compost additions improve soil’s water retention and add valuable microbes to help plants’ use. Use organic fertilizers to ensure that plants can withstand hot, dry spells.

Your landscape plants. Mulch keeps soil cool and retains water. Mulch encourages microbes and worms to thrive in soil. It adds organic material to the soil as it decomposes.

Take care to prune your trees and shrubs during dry times. Plants have a difficult time maintaining healthy and competitive growth. This can cause stress to the whole plant and require more water. Your plants should be kept open, airy, and untangled.

Lawns

Select the grass type most suitable for your area’s growing conditions. Ask neighbours, sod layer, extension service providers, and garden club members for their advice about the best grasses in your area.

Cool-weather grasses are naturally dormant in the driest summer months unless they are regularly watered. Some warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, Zoysia, and St. Augustine, will remain green all year but become dormant during the winter. These grasses can be grown in temperate regions that aren’t subject to hard freezes. Tifton 44 and other “cold-hardy” Bermudas extend the grass’s growing range north ( 100 or more), but they still struggle in areas subject to frequent freezes.

Slow-release organic lawn fertilizers will benefit your soil and provide nutrients for your grass. They improve soil structure and encourage soil microbes to attack pests. They can be combined with good lawn maintenance practices to make your lawn less labour-intensive and water-intensive.

Encourage deep, vigorous root growth. Although gravity may direct grassroots growth, it is important to ensure that the right conditions are in place to encourage that growth. You need to mow at the correct height and fertilize, compost, and water your grass. Strong roots can save water and increase drought tolerance.

While cutting grass too early in the season can be appealing and save you time, it can also cause damage to your lawn’s health. The length of the grass spears is more important for photosynthesis and water retention. Shaders of longer grass help cool the soil and prevent the germination of weed seeds. Cutting grass too short discourages root growth.

Cool-season mowing should be done slowly, especially in the summer. The rule of thumb is to not cut over one-third of the blade length during any mowing. A lawn you cut to three inches should be grown to four and four-and-a-half inches before cutting. Keep your mower blades sharp. Cleaner cuts prevent tip browning, disease, and moisture loss.

Fertilize. Your lawn should be fed every four to six weeks. Organic fertilizer provides the necessary nitrogen to keep your grass green. Your lawn will thrive if you fertilize it regularly. This will allow your grass to get the most water possible and prevent browning.

A spring application compost can nourish your lawn and ensure good moisture retention. Compost can be used to smother weeds and also promote microbial activity that helps keep your soil healthy.

To improve your lawn’s colour, use a fertilizer that contains iron, such as Morganite. Iron-containing fertilizers can be used as a short-term solution for older lawns that need revitalization. However, they should not be used alone.

To avoid soil compaction. Compacted soil can lead to thatch buildup and water runoff. Aerating stimulates strong growth. A manual garden mower can be used to aerate small lawns. Larger yards will need to rent a power aerator.

Watering effectively is a must, even if it’s required.

Your soil conditions and the type of grass you have will determine how much water your lawn requires. Some grasses need 1.5 inches of water per week, while others may require 2.5 inches. Your grass will turn brown if you don’t need enough water or the soil has poor moisture retention.

To measure how much water you have put on your lawn, place open tuna cans or pet food cans (roughly 1 and 1/4 inches deep or greater) or soup cans. This will help determine the amount of water that has been used.

 

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