The Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping

Summertime always brings good times with lasting memories. Memories that are made due to the warm weather, poolside parties, and many barbeques. Most of the time these events take place in your backyard, which means you will probably have to keep your landscape in great shape amongst the heat.

Keeping your landscape in tip top shape can be challenging, but there are many simple ways that homeowners can preserve their gardens, lawns, and flowers throughout summertime. By doing so, they are able to appreciate the lush greenery that they put a lot of time and effort into maintaining. Whether you have had a lot of experience or are a beginner, helpful reminders of what to do and what not to do can come in handy. The following are tips to remember when you are attempting to maintain your landscape this summer.


  • Mow on a regular basis and keep a set mowing schedule. Your lawnmower is a very important piece of equipment when it comes to landscaping, as well as regular mowing, as it is vital for proper lawn care. Depending on the growth rate and desired height of your grass, mowing quantities can vary greatly. Cutting your grass on the highest setting, and reducing it as summer progresses, is important in order to stop the onset of a brown and spotted lawn. Keep in mind that grass needs to stay at a certain height in order to fight off drought and other threats to your lawn. Therefore, do not cut it too short or else your grass will lose its natural ability to thrive.
  • Feed and fertilize accordingly. Different types of grass have different nutrient needs that should be met in order for your lawn to stay thick and healthy. For instance, warm season grass types require a boost of nutrients; therefore, a quick application of fertilizer is the way to deliver the needed nutrients. Fertilization is always one of the best and most important lawn maintenance choices you can make. Be aware, though, that fertilizing too much or applying it the wrong way can have negative effects on your lawn, because the nitrogen in fertilizer can burn the grass, especially when temperatures are high.
  • Use drought tolerant plants to brighten up your landscape. Color is an integral part of your landscape. You can liven up your natural greens and browns by incorporating color that will attract visitor’s eyes towards your home. The warmer weather temperatures can provide inspiration by adding color in the way of new annuals or perennials. One good example is drought-tolerant plants, which are commonly used because they conserve water and require low-maintenance.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and watch for weeds. The most common summer lawn care mistake that occurs is not watering the lawn enough. As you try avoiding the hottest parts of the day, try also to avoid watering after the sun goes down. Once the sun goes down, water leaves the grass moist overnight and helps fungal growth. If you have a sprinkler system, it is recommended that you set it up automatically to disperse water in the morning, as well as checking the location of each sprinkler to make sure it is fully covering all necessary areas, and not the sidewalk or driveway. Also, do not allow weeds to grow, especially if you are wanting to get a garden started. Weeds cause a detracting overall appeal from the yard, something that is not very attractive.


  • Allow pests to make themselves at home. Many people forget about infestation of pests when it comes to summer landscaping. There are many pests that can be a threat to landscaping, ranging from grubs, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and armyworms, along with many others that will cause brown patches of grass that will not be very attractive to the landscaping.
  • Water during the hottest part of the day. There are times throughout the day that will prove to be useless when it comes to watering your lawn. This is because the water will evaporate before it reaches the roots. Early in the morning while the temperatures are lower is the best time to water the lawn. Plants are able to make better use of the hydration when they watered in the morning. Furthermore, many plants become inactive during the hotter parts of the day, which means water consumption is neither adequate nor efficient.
  • Forget to enjoy the landscape. It can take a lot of time and effort to make sure you business landscape is just the way you want it. Be sure to take a break, relax, and bask in the beauty of your space!

Our team of professionals at Bluegrass Landscape and Snow Management understands the importance of following these tips. By following these tips, your lawn will look better than ever all summer long. With many years of experience in the landscaping business, we take pride in providing outstanding customer tips to make your yard thrive. As you take care of your house landscaping, never forget to reach out for us to take care of your commercial property. Call us today at (314) 770-2828 for an overview of your commercial property.