Well the calendar doesn’t lie. It is June and the month that has recorded our highest temperatures of all time is here! Is your garden ready? Here is a list of things you might want to consider that will help get your lawn, garden, landscape thru the summer heat and stress.
- Check, double check, and triple check your irrigation system. The timer-is it keeping accurate time and date etc., Are all your heads/emitters, putting out adequate water and in the correct area? If you have a lawn you should be able to poke a screw driver (without leaning on it) down 4-6″ deep after your irrigation has run. As a general rule of thumb it takes 2-3″ of actual water/week to keep a reasonable looking lawn throughout the summer. We offer a service to inspect and repair your irrigation system if that is helpful.
- Fertilize-yes while it’s hot! Plants are growing now and need nutrients. A healthy plant will withstand stress, heat, and drought much more efficiently. Using an organic slow release like Hickman’s Farms Choice is ideal in hot weather.
- Mulch-applying a layer of organic material around the base of any plant, tree, shrub, garden, rose bed…..will help keep the moisture in the soil longer, will cool roots allowing them to function more efficiently, will keep down weeds which compete for water and nutrients and are unsightly.
- Plant heat and drought tolerant plants, trees, and shrubs. Consider replacing any that struggle every summer with varieties that will look good in the heat. The Harper Team would be glad to come and do a FREE one time evaluation of your landscape and garden and make recommendations to help you have that dream garden even thru the summer!
- Control pests-Spider mites seem to really be on the rampage now. Control any insect or disease early and check often to keep them from adding any stress to your plants. Be sure to properly diagnose before treating-typically there is a safe and or organic option to controlling most pests these days. Bring us pictures and or samples of the area or leaf in question for proper i.d. and treatment plan
- Convert or reduce turf areas-Summer is the only effective time to kill or eradicate Bermuda grasses. If you want to convert to less turf or no turf at all this is the time! Again we can come to your home and help you execute a great plan that will save you time and money and allow you to enjoy your landscape all year ’round.
- Properly stake young trees in preparation for the upcoming monsoon windstorms.
- Paint or wrap the bark/trunks of young smooth skinned trees -citrus, fruit trees, ash, ficus and the like to prevent sunburn.
As always bring us your questions, pictures, samples and any other problems or issues you might be having-We’re here to help you create and keep the garden of your dreams!