Dry weather and high temperatures can place significant stress on any landscape. You could lose out on all the time, money, and effort invested in your commercial landscaping in Dallas without having your landscapers make proper preparations in the preceding months. One of the greatest challenges faced during summer commercial landscaping is keeping everything looking green and lush.
The following tips should help you get all set for the summer:
- Watering the Lawn
Regular and frequent watering is a necessity during summer. You need to be mindful of drought conditions and restrictions. You should consider installing an automatic irrigation system for allowing consistent watering. Plants and turf both require copious amounts of water to survive the scorching summer heat. We always recommend our clients to set the sprinkler to a nightly schedule to allow water to penetrate the roots.
- Planting Season
The first burst of color during growing season is usually seen during springtime. This is followed by summertime greening. You should consider spring planting to maintain the color for as long as possible. There is nothing better than seeing colorful blooms at the height of summer. However, you would need to plant heat-tolerant annuals for nonstop color.
- Regular Mowing
You need to have your lawn mowed on a regular basis – at least once a week or whenever the grass reaches a height of more than 2.5 – 3 inches for Fescue grass. You would want to cut Bermudagrass and other types to a lesser height. Mowing makes your turf look aesthetically appealing while keeping the grass growing at a healthy rate. By growing grass for a longer duration in the hottest summer months, you can ensure the soil retains moisture for longer.
- Fertilize the Turf
Fertilizers help in supplementing the grass with nutrients. It allows the grass to grow thick and lush. It should be applied based on the time of the year and the type of grass. In fact, experts recommend application of fertilizer at least 2 – 5 times a year. However, you need to scale back on the fertilizer 30 days before the hottest summer temperatures. You should consider fertilizing cool season grass before the onset of fall and early spring.
- Adequate Mulching
Mulching helps in retaining soil moisture and regulating soil temperature. It is full of beneficial nutrients and dense enough to protect fragile roots from the sun. It’s ideal to spread a thin layer of mulch around plant and tree bases. This will ensure that your plants receive adequate hydration throughout the long summer months.
Make sure to leave a circumferential gap around the trunk bases. If not, the mulch will begin rotting the tree roots over time. Mulch is helpful in controlling weed growth as well.