4 End-of-Summer Landscaping Tasks To Perform
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So, summer is coming to an end, and for many, it may seem like it is time to drastically cut back on landscaping tasks. However, there is still plenty to do if you want to ensure that your yard continues to look beautiful. As summer ends, here are some simple and effective end-of-summer tasks that you will want to do to help extend the season and maintain a healthy, comfortable outdoor living area.
Tip #1: Continue Watering, Just in a Different Way
Toward the end of the summer, it isn’t uncommon for your lawn to start looking a bit lifeless. However, it is important that you continue to water as much as you can. Plants need roughly one inch of water each week throughout the summer. As summer comes to an end, your landscape needs to be prepped for fall. Rather than using a sprinkler like you have likely been doing, you may want to consider switching to a drip irrigation system, as these systems will ensure water gets deep into the soil, allowing the grass to green up again.
Tip #2: Begin Deadheading and Harvesting
By taking the time to deadhead your flowers, you will encourage growth while also maintaining their appearance. It only takes a few minutes to deadhead most annuals like pansies and petunias, but you will have to dedicate more time and effort to most perennials and some other annuals because they require cutting.
This time of year is wonderful because it means that your garden is full of fresh, hearty vegetables that are just ripe for picking. Some vegetables that will be ready to harvest include squash, corn, pumpkins, and potatoes. Many that can be harvested can be canned for the upcoming seasons.
Tip #3: Focus on Light Pruning
Generally, plants will need pruning during mid-winter and then again in the spring, but the summer offers a great opportunity to begin early pruning. By doing a light trimming, rose bushes may push on additional blooms, and it doesn’t hurt to do a quick pruning on many other flowering trees and shrubs at the end of the summer.
Before you start pruning any of your plants, shrubs, or trees, make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned and sharpened your pruners. Otherwise, there is a risk of harming your plants, which are more vulnerable than you could ever imagine. If you ever deal with diseased plants, make sure to clean your tools before working with another plant.
Tip #4: Watch Out for Annoying Pests
While most pests will attack your landscape during the spring months and then disappear once the temperatures begin to rise, there are plenty of other pests that will show themselves during the summer and wreak havoc on your garden and yard.
Take to your garden, yard, etc. with safe pesticides and organic solutions. If you tackle grub control this year, then you can usually expect to have fewer pests trying to take control of your landscape next year. So, do the hard work now and get a handle on those pests.
For more end-of-summer landscaping tips and how to prepare your yard for fall, contact the professionals at Earthscapes Design.