Maintaining a beautiful summer landscape can be overwhelming for some. There is so much information available on how to properly take care of your lawn and its surrounding design elements that it can be difficult to know where to start. Though landscaping can be a lot of work, there are some simple do’s and don’ts to follow that should keep your yard looking pristine without running you ragged. For larger, more complicated projects, bring in lawn service professionals to give you a hand. For all other projects, the following summer landscaping tips will be helpful for seasonal care.


Plant Planning


DO
create a variety of shapes and colors in your plant beds by mixing it up with both annuals and perennials. Flowers and shrubs grow differently. Some grow for a season and need to be replanted annually, and others continue to grow each year and bloom on schedule. 

DO
plan your design for all seasons. Many flowers and shrubs bloom not only in the spring, but also in the fall and winter. Add plants to your landscaping that will provide your home with color throughout the year. 

DON’T
neglect drought-tolerant plants. Drought-tolerant plants are great to add to your garden mix both to conserve water and provide a low-maintenance alternative; however, drought-tolerant does not mean “plant it and forget it about it.” These plants still need water to survive.


Watering & Water Conservation


DO
use a soaker hose to water your lawn slowly and for a longer period of time. Slow seepage allows water to penetrate down deeply into the ground, encourages deeper root growth, and will prevent water run-off or evaporation. 

DON’T
waste your time watering in the afternoon hours. Watering during the hottest part of the day is essentially ineffective because water will quickly evaporate due to high temperatures. Water during the cooler, early morning hours so that the plant roots are able to absorb and retain the water.

DON’T
water unnecessarily if you use a sprinkler system. Be sure that you turn your system off when rain is forecasted. Not only will you be wasting water if your sprinkler is on during a rainstorm, but it is also too much water for your plants and grass.


Landscape Maintenance Tips


DO
stay aware of sun patterns. Know which areas of your yard get the most sun and which areas are shaded during most of the day. It is key to choose and plant your plants based on their need for sunlight. You don’t want to invest in a large number of sun-loving plants and put them in a shaded area - that will be money down the drain.

DO
give your lawn a fertilizer boost to cope with the summer heat. Consult with your local garden center on the best fertilizer suited to your region and lawn type. Don’t fertilize on a hot day with temperatures above 90 degrees.

DON’T
leave your weeds so long that they spread their seeds and multiply. Pull your weeds before they have a chance to bloom, go to seed, and spread all over your garden, lawn, or landscape. Use a hoe for younger weeds in loose soil or a heavy-duty weeding tool for tougher, more established weeds.

For a team that knows how to execute the best "Do's" of landscaping, contact the experts at Galaxy Landscaping. With years of experience and an unmatched passion for the industry, owners Matt and Shawn strive to provide services that are truly out of this world. To learn more about how we've helped hundreds of clients in the Bucks County area, schedule a service, or request an estimate, visit our website, check us out on Facebook or call (267) 799-3327.

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