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3 Landscaping Tips For The Summer

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Your lawn is generally the first impression when you have people over at your home, yet at the same time, this is one of the most neglected areas of the home. With the summer heat rising, it gets harder to keep the grass green, healthy and visually appealing.

In order to ensure that when your guests come over, whether it is for a party or a parent dropping off one of your child’s friends to stay the night, they see a green and eye-catching lawn, here are three summer landscaping tips that will maintain the lawn of your custom home during the dog days of summer.

Summer Landscaping Tip #1 – Mowing the Right Way

You always want to mow your lawn when it is dry and not wet. In addition, you want to ensure that you are not mowing the grass shorter than 2.5 inches. The grass should be cut somewhere between 2.5 and 3 inches. By not cutting the grass so short, you are providing the grass and ground with more insulation to fight the summer heat while also reducing the overall water loss from the soil and creating an environment more resistible to environmental stress, lawn disease and insects.

In addition, unless there is a lawn disease, leave the grass clippings after you mow, as these provide nutrients, moisture, organic matter and nitrogen to the lawn and soil.

Summer Landscaping Tip #2 – Properly Irrigate

Each week, you should water your lawn early in the morning – around 5-6 a.m. – several times and your lawn should receive at minimum one inch of water per week. The reason that watering should be done so early is so that there is less stress on the lawn from the sun. Avoid watering late at night, as this can cause fungus to grow on the lawn overnight. Remember that deep soaking will allow for deeper and better root growth while creating a lawn that is less susceptible to heat and drought damage.

Summer Landscaping Tip #3 – Fertilize to Fabulous

Ever wonder how those lawns keep that deep, lavish green color during the summer? It’s because of lawn care products that are high in nitrogen, which promotes that deep color as well as growth. Make sure that all pets and children are kept off the lawn for a little while after fertilizing the lawn to avoid tracking it inside your home. Fertilize your lawn every few months to ensure your lawn looks great all year.

With a custom home, you want to ensure that the first impression guests have of your home is a good one, and by putting the aforementioned three summer landscaping tips to use this summer, you’ll blow your guests away with one of the best-looking, greenest, lush lawns in the neighborhood.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com