Yet again, in true New England fashion, we went from snow to showers to 80 degrees in one week! Memorial Day is Monday so the summer season has officially started. Though summer in New England is going to quieter than usual because of Coronavirus, it doesn’t change the weather. Summer weather is always volatile in New England. Thunderstorms, hail, and drought are just a few of the weather events we experience. Adjusting your landscaping to deal with summer weather can be quite challenging but it will help keep you and your landscape stay safe. Because Memorial Day is 4 days away, our article this week will be on adjusting your landscaping to deal with summer weather.
When adjusting your landscaping to deal with summer weather, you should start with watering. Whether you’re a landscaper or homeowner, it is best to water your grass in the early morning during summer. The reason for this is because if the grass is watered too late, the water will evaporate in the summer sun before it reached the soil. If you cannot be out at the time to water, you may want to invest in an irrigation system before the really hot weather comes.
You may want to automatically mow your lawn this summer to keep it looking good, but mowing it too much can actually cause damage. Grass that is mowed too short can actually become scorched by the summer sun. Grass should be allowed to be at least 3 inches tall to prevent sun and hot weather damage. Once autumn gets closer, you can move your mower blade back down and cut the grass short again.
Mulch can be a very useful way to keep plants healthy and cool over the summer as well. A layer of mulch can keep the ground moist so there is a decreased need for water, as well as prevent the roots from getting too hot. When cooler weather rolls around, the mulch will keep the roots warmer. It is certainly a multi-season and beneficial product. Mulch can also be an easy and low maintenance way to make your garden beds look great.
Weeding is always one of the worst parts of landscaping. It is extremely important in the summer because weeds that have been allowed to grow uncontrolled can actually take vital summer nutrients away from your plants and flowers. They definitely need those flowers to grow in the harsh summer weather. The best time to weed is after it rains when the soil is loose so take advantage of all that time after summer thundershowers!
Trees often take the brunt of the damage in summer weather. They can get struck by lightning, blown over by the wind, and even damaged by summer tornados. Before the summer weather gets bad, you’ll want to examine the trees in your yard closely. Remove any limbs that look that they may fall easily. Winter can leave damage to tree limbs that is hard to see unless you are up close. One strong gust of wind and you may end up with the tree branch on your house or car! You’ll also want to check the trees for insect damage and infestation.
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