Top 5 Tips to Get Your Landscaping Ready for Summer
Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about getting your landscaping ready for the warmer weather. The Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area has unique climate conditions that require specific attention to ensure your outdoor space thrives, so read on to see the top 5 tips from our team at Sandlin Homes to get your landscaping ready for the summer months.
Start with spring clean-up
Preparing your landscaping for summer starts with a crucial step—spring clean-up. The winter season can leave debris like dead or damaged branches, twigs and leaves all over, and by clearing out this debris, you will allow for healthy growth in the upcoming season. Raking any leftover debris from your lawn and flowerbeds is also important to ensure your plants receive the necessary nutrients and sunlight to thrive, and if you get too behind on this, it can sometimes lead to dead patches throughout your lawn. Additionally, it’s essential to clean out any debris from your gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage and flooding, which can harm your plants and landscaping. A clean landscape promotes healthy growth and prevents any potential problem down the road, so starting with a spring clean-up is a crucial step in preparing your landscaping for the summer season.
Add mulch to your flowerbeds
Mulch is a great addition to any flowerbed, and it serves several purposes, including retaining moisture, suppressing weed growth and regulating soil temperature. The process of adding a layer of 2-3 inches of mulch to your flowerbeds can provide your plants with the necessary moisture they need to survive during the hot summer months. Aside from the practical benefits of mulch, it’s also an excellent way to add some color and texture to your landscaping. You can choose from a variety of mulch materials, including wood chips, shredded bark or even gravel to bring a unique style to your garden.
Adjust your irrigation system
As summer approaches, it’s also crucial to make the necessary adjustments to your irrigation system to ensure that your plants receive the appropriate amount of water. First, you’ll want to check for any leaks, clogs or any other issues, and get them fixed as soon as you can. During the summer months, plants require more water to thrive, so increasing the frequency and duration of watering sessions is a great way to ensure that your plants are getting all of the attention they need. Consider setting your irrigation system to water your plants during the early morning hours when the temperatures are cooler as this helps ensure that the water is absorbed by the plants rather than evaporating into the air.
Fertilize your lawn and plants
Fertilizing your lawn and plants can provide them with the nutrients they need to thrive during the summer months. Before applying fertilizer, you’ll also want to test your soil to determine its pH level and nutrient level. Soil testing provides valuable information on the current state of your soil and helps you choose the right fertilizer for your specific needs. When applying fertilizer, it’s important to follow the instructions on the package carefully as over-fertilizing can cause burns and damage to your plants.
Choose drought-tolerant plants
Choosing the right plants for your landscaping is another incredibly important thing to keep in mind, so you might want to consider incorporating as many drought-tolerant plants as you can into your summer landscaping this year. Drought-tolerant plants are those that can survive and even thrive in dry conditions with minimal water as they have adapted to these conditions by developing deep roots, waxy leaves and other strategies that help them conserve water. Some of the most popular drought-tolerant plants that would be perfect for the Dallas-Fort Worth summers are lavender, Russian sage and yarrow—still giving you plenty of options to include beautiful and colorful plants throughout your landscaping, no matter what.
Enjoy every season in your Sandlin Home
At Sandlin Homes, our team is always on the lookout for new tips to share with our homeowners to ensure that their home and landscaping stays impeccable all year round. If you’re hoping to make a change this upcoming season and want to take the next step to your dream home, take a look through our quick move-in homes throughout our stunning new home communities and give us a call at (800) 821-4663 or fill out our online form today to learn more.