Pro Tip: Midsummer To-Do’s


Now that summer’s settled in and everything’s in bloom, your yard may be taking up a little more time on the weekend than you want it to. To help, we put together a list of softscape and hardscape chores to keep your outdoor living space looking its best.

Plant Perfection

Photo: Eagle Bay

Caring for your yard properly in the summer will set it up for a healthy fall and improve its ability to weather the winter. Summer heat can wreak havoc on your plants and lawn, so it’s important to give them the care they need to stay healthy.

 

  1. Don’t cut your grass too short This helps reduce heat damage to your lawn. Taller grass resists heat better.
  2. Grasscycle Leaving grass clippings after you mow helps create nitrogen-rich soil and saves you money on fertilizer.
  3. Mulch Mulching where needed reduces erosion and protects plants and garden beds from heavy summer storms.
  4. Timely trim Make sure to trim your plants after their first growth cycle in midsummer when they are done with their spring growth spurt. Trimming early can weaken plants, and you’ll have to do it more often.
  5. Weed Use an organic weed killer to control weeds throughout your lawn. Diligent weeding helps keep nutrients from being siphoned off by unwanted plants and gives your lawn and shrubs more room to blossom.

 Paver Priorities

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Pavers, in general, require very little maintenance. However, there are a few things you can do during the summer to ensure longevity and improve their appearance.

 

  1. Sweep Sweeping your pavers regularly helps prevent a buildup of debris.
  2. Rinse Just like sweeping, occasionally spraying down your pavers can help remove light organic stains and push the dust out of hard-to-reach places. Just make sure not to use a power washer and not to direct a concentrated stream at the joints.
  3. Weed Weeds can damage your paver system over time. Use an organic weed killer like white vinegar and water to remove weeds without staining your paver system.
  4. Seal Summer is the perfect time to seal your pavers. The dry weather gives the sealer ample time to dry, and sealing your paver system prevents it from fading and staining. Learn how to seal your pavers with this helpful video from Techniseal.

Keeping your outdoor living space looking good during the summer is easy. Do a little bit every weekend and follow these tips to help your yard flourish and keep your hardscape looking great year-round.