9 Tips for Summer Low-Maintenance Landscaping
Summer is a happy time. With the arrival of warm weather comes outdoor barbeques, swimming with friends in backyard pools, and nights spent over a campfire. Because many individuals spend more time outside during the summer than at any other time of year, the following low-maintenance landscaping suggestions will help you have more fun while doing less effort.
Watering your grass does not imply that you should water it more frequently; rather, you should adjust the manner of your water. Because grass is more robust than most people realize, here's how you should water it:
- Deeply water your plants.
- Water should be consumed in the early morning or late evening to avoid evaporation. Grass requires around one inch of water every week.
- Drip irrigation is preferable to sprinklers or hoses. Drip irrigation will water your lawn gently, preventing water from evaporating if used during the day.
Maintain the health of your lawn.
- Every year, aerate your grass to enhance oxygen flow and monitor the pH balance of your soil to guarantee it remains healthy.
- Regular fertilization is required.
- Weeds deplete the nutrients in your grass, so get rid of them.
Rehabilitate your mowing technique
Many individuals cut their grass short in order to reduce the frequency with which they must mow, but this is not the case. Proper mowing procedures, on the other hand, will maintain your lawn healthy.
Make excellent outdoor living spaces.
The more outdoor living area you build, the less yard maintenance you'll have in the long term — and the more space you'll have to entertain in the warmer months.
Increasing the number of outdoor living spaces in your yard allows for low-maintenance landscaping. This is due to the fact that you may expand your business while having less grassy areas to maintain. Consider constructing a stone patio or a deck for your staff to relax on during their lunch breaks.
Purchase mulch for your flowerbeds.
Consider using mulch instead of grass or leaving dirt around outdoor living areas and flowerbeds. Mulch not only decomposes, fertilizes, and prevents weeds, but it is also low-maintenance because it does not require mowing or watering.
It's cheap, and you only have to replace it once a year in the spring. Mulch also keeps weeds at bay in your flower beds during the summer, especially if you use protective matting underneath.
Instead of annuals, plant perennials in your yard.
Consider longevity when designing your flower beds this summer. It will save you time and will almost definitely save you money in the long term. When it comes to low-maintenance plants, perennials are far superior to annuals because they will return year after year. For example, hens and chicks are a plant that will regrow and can grow in practically any environment.
Annuals are lovely (they have the nicest blooms in the greenhouse), but they are expensive. If you don't harvest their seeds, you'll have to buy them every year, and you'll have to spend time preparing your beds and planting your flowers.
Utilize potted plants.
Consider using potted plants in your landscape if you really want to simplify your gardening. It not only makes a yard less maintenance-intensive but also more adaptable. The advantages speak for themselves. Plants in pots allow you to move and arrange them wherever you wish in your yard.
For example, if you're throwing a staff party on your patio, you can relocate them to that location to spruce it up and improve your aesthetics. Color-coordinate your flowers with the season for an extra flash of color — it'll make your visitors go crazy! Try whites and pinks in the spring and summer, then yellows and reds in the fall.
Choose native plants.
If you're not quite ready to commit to potted plants, consider planting native plants in your yard. Just as you should grow grass that is local to your area, choose native plants for less upkeep — and to help conserve your business's natural biodiversity. If you choose plants that are native to or grow well in a given zone or area, you will save money on water and pruning during the hot months.
Make your yard spring-ready.
To save time in the spring, you should begin by winterizing your hardscape. This includes pruning trees and removing fallen leaves so that they don't damage the grass throughout the winter — plus it saves you time when spring cleaning!
Call Merchans Landscaping at (215) 431-5598 or contact us online for more tips and tricks on keeping your landscaping low-maintenance over the summer.