Late Summer Landscaping Advice
It’s hard to believe, but we are rapidly approaching the end of summer in the Midwest. While summer landscaping focuses a lot on keeping your plants and trees alive and well, giving you beautiful outdoor entertainment areas, and maintaining spring blooms, late summer landscaping is more about maximizing the time left in the summer while simultaneously preparing for the fall season. In this article, we’ll give you a few tips and tricks, ideas, and things to focus on in the late summer season.
Keep Up with Summer Watering
One of the most important things that you can do for your late summer landscaping is to keep up with watering! While it may not be the most glamorous job on the planet, it is extremely necessary and your plants and trees will thank you for it. Try to water your plants and trees at least every other day, but every single day when it is very hot out, to make sure that they are getting the water they need. Some days may be much hotter than early summer as we near the end of the season and start to prepare for fall. Always make sure to water in the morning so that your plants have time to soak up the water and get food and nutrients before the sun beats down and dries up the water in the soil. If you forget to water, water as soon as possible. Do not overwater and drown the plants–just make sure the soil is moist and the plant is not looking shriveled or the leaves aren’t looking light green/white and sickly (overwatered).
Seed Your Lawn and Plant
The end of August into September is a great time to do two things: seed your lawn and plant trees like evergreens and pine trees. While you can definitely just wait until the spring to seed your lawn, the fall can be a good time to do so because of the temperate weather that is usually perfect for this type of activity. The warm days and the cool nights will work in conjunction to give your lawn a new look. However, watch out for sowing too close to the first frost as this will not work in your favor for seeding the lawn and you will end up with a loss.
Pine trees and evergreens are a great item to plant for your late summer landscaping because they can help protect your home during winter winds, and they will provide shade in the spring and summer. However, make sure to get advice from a professional landscaper, like the team at Heartwoods Landscaping, on what types of trees will work best in your climate, with your property design, and how far they should be placed from the home to avoid foundation damage.
Think About the Future
Although the summer was likely great, we have to look ahead to the future once it begins to come to an end. This means checking out your lawn to find problem areas and working to resolve those areas before they become an even bigger problem next year. For example, if you have a pest infestation, now is the time to treat and eradicate. However, it’s also the time to start thinking about design plans for your landscaping for next season. While many of us keep our landscaping the same from year to year, it can actually be advantageous to switch things up every once in awhile and get some new things going.
At Heartwoods Landscaping, we offer landscape design services. We use hardscaping and landscaping, and even water elements to create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces customized for your life. During the design process, we will work one on one with you to choose which plants you are looking for and that will help complement your property, identify specific design ideas so that we can place items accordingly on your property, helping you choose flowers and plants that will survive and thrive in your specific location and with your soil type, and then creating a 3D Landscape Design so that you can see what you’ll be getting before it is installed. We will then answer any questions and work with you on any concerns that you might have. This design process can be a great option for winter if you want to take your time figuring out exactly what you’re interested in for next season. Plus, if you decide not to do it right away, you’ll get a better idea of what your landscaping could look like.
Need Help with Late Summer Landscaping? Call Heartwoods Landscaping!
These few late summer landscaping tips should be a helpful guide to get you started on making the most of your late summer lawn and landscaping and to get ready for the coming year. If you have more questions, feel free to give us a call at Heartwoods Landscaping. We are landscaping experts in the area, and we are happy to answer any questions that you might have and walk you through the process. Give us a call today for more information!
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