How to Keep Summer from Wilting Your Landscape

When the heat and beating sun of summer wear you down, you know your landscape is being hit hard, too. There are a few things that will help your landscape make it through the season relatively unscathed. The key idea: Don’t fight nature.

Take stock of your yard. You have to take a look at your yard and know which areas have the sun beating down on them for large parts of the day. You will especially need to watch the areas with lots of sun exposure. Keep the moisture in the ground with mulch so the sun can’t dry out your soil. Drip hoses can be a water-wise way to irrigate some of your plants. Don’t water in the middle of the day, when so much of the water will be lost to evaporation.

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Ask a plant store worker to recommend a few annuals that bloom in the summer. When the weather is oppressive, a burst of color makes the whole yard look great. Other plants might not flower but may have great foliage that can hold up to our summer conditions. Depending on how attentive you are, you may also want to ask for plants that can endure low water. A pretty pot or chair can add some color and interest. Just remember that a container plant in full sun will need watering perhaps every day in the middle of the summer.


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Learn from your mistakes. Are the plants in your yard suited to our climate and suited to where they are planted in your yard? Talk to a plant store worker about the areas of your yard you need hardy plants for; he or she can recommend perennial native plants and other plants that will perform well. Autumn is a great time of year to plant, so in a couple of months you can set the groundwork for a better yard next summer.

Group plants with similar water needs next to each other to make life simpler for yourself and to conserve water; that’s true for both annuals and perennials. Of course, the plants will have to have similar light requirements. If you choose some plants that are a good fit for the areas of your yard that are especially challenging, they’ll be able to power through our summers.

Make your life easier by not fighting Mother Nature.

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