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Late Summer Landscaping Tips

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Late summer is a special time in the landscaping world. With the air more hot and humid than ever, many plants start to feel heat stress and drought stress by the time summer turns into fall. This is a time when many landscapers must start taking special care of their plants and replacing those plants that can no longer perform for the season. These tips will help keep your property looking its best even after most of the long, hot summer has passed. 

Take Out Summer Flowers, Replace With Fall

Summer flowers can start to look very scraggly and dry by the season's end. Fortunately, there are many flowers that look and perform wonderfully in the late fall. Pansies, in particular, are very easy plants that require little care other than regular water. Violas are also hardy plants that perform well even as the temperatures outside start to cool down. These plants are readily available at nurseries and home improvement centers throughout the season. 

Increase Your Watering Schedule

Drought stress is a problem for many plants in the later summer months. Months of being a little too dry and getting too much sun can put your lawn and garden in a bad position. You can easily recognize the signs of drought stress. Plants that are too dry will have curled or dry leaves, brown leaves, and stunted growth.

Grass that is too dry will show footprints when it's walked on. It will also appear to be yellow or brown in places and will be so thin in places that soil can be seen through the grass.  

If your landscaping has been wanting for water all season long, salvaging it in the middle of the hot summer can be a challenge. Water your landscaping on a daily or every-other-day basis in the early morning until your grass is no longer dry and brittle and green grass has begun to appear again. Most likely, the grass will not make a full recovery until the late fall or early spring.  

Deadhead Regularly

Deadheading is the practice of removing dead blossoms after they have begun to dry. Deadheading encourages perennials and annuals to produce more blossoms and extends the blooming season for as long as possible. Deadheading can be done by pulling off blossoms by hand or by cutting off blossoms with scissors or shears.

By the end of the summer, deadheading is a daily practice for many landscapers. Not only does deadheading encourage your plants to bloom continuously throughout the summer, but it also serves a cosmetic function. Dry blossoms look bad and can make your plants look unhealthy overall. Deadheading eliminates these old, dry blossoms and leaves only healthy blooms behind.  

Start Preparing for Fall and Winter

Even if they seem far away now, fall and winter are both coming. Starting in early fall, you'll need to re-seed your lawn, fertilize your grass, and cut back perennials at the end of their season. You'll also need an extra layer of mulch in garden beds, as well as lawn aeration to allow water and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. 

Late summer is a time when you should be preparing for these activities. Make reservations with a lawn aeration company and purchase the supplies you'll need to fertilize, re-seed, mulch, and prune. Make a schedule to ensure that you're able to get in all your tasks by the end of the season. 

Consult With a Landscaping Company

The best way to care for your property's landscaping in late summer is to consult with a reputable landscaping company. At Landscape Solutions, we're happy to answer client questions and help them take care of their landscaping throughout the year. For more information, give us a call today.