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Lawn and Garden: How to Take Care of your Yard this Summer

Once the days become longer and hotter, homeowners need to get serious about taking care of their yard. Failing to get your property ready for the hotter summer months could result in dead plants and an unattractive lawn. Here are some quick tips you can use to make sure your yard stays vibrant and healthy this summer.

Start Collecting Your Gear

Homeowners don't need dozens of expensive tools to keep their yard looking great, but there are a few products you will want to invest in. From companies like Central Farm and Garden, you can get basic clothing such as a good pair of boots and sturdy gloves for dealing with thorns. Some other products you might need include a few bags of fertilizer, a fertilizer applicator, shears, a hose, a hose nozzle, and a decent lawnmower.

The Lawn

Also called scalping, homeowners should cut their grass as low as possible immediately following the last frost. After that, however, you should only use the highest setting on your lawnmower. Throughout the summer, grass must be longer in order to shade the roots and get as much sunshine as possible. When it comes time to mow the lawn, redistributing the clippings will provide your grass with extra nutrients and protect the damaged blades from the sun.

Watering

Watering trees, shrubbery, and grass should be done in the earliest hours of the morning. Doing this during the hottest hours of the day will result in wasted water due to evaporation. You should also keep an eye on local weather patterns as rainfall can easily result in over-watering.

Using Mulch

Mulch can be an invaluable resource if you happen to have flowerbeds, trees, and smaller bushes. During the hottest months of the year, mulch will reduce evaporation by up to 30 percent. This means more of the water will go directly toward your plants. It will also protect any exposed roots from sun damage.

Pruning

Pruning is a much more delicate task that should only be done when the homeowner knows exactly what plants and trees are growing on their property. As a general rule, flowering plants and trees should be pruned just once after the last frost and before the new growth pushes through. Non-flowering plants and trees can be gently pruned every five to six weeks.

These few tips will not only keep your yard beautiful throughout the summer, but they will also ensure that your plants remain healthy in the coming years.

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