Summer Tips

Watering and maintaing your fine landscape is no easy task, let us give you a hand through the dry season.

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Summer Landscaping Tips


Long gone are the comfortable days of Spring when everything grows easily. Now the heat of July and August test the health of all plants. Maintaining plant health during the Summer months revolves around controlling insects, grubs and diseases. However, the most critical need of your landscape to maintain it's health is adequate water. Since we can't be at your house everyday to water, we must partner with you or an automated in ground sprinkler system to supply your plants with adequate water.


A healthy lawn has significant value. Not only does it improve the surroundings wherever it is cultivated, adding monetary value to our homes, but it also absorbs airborne contaminants and exchanges carbon dioxide for oxygen. Not only that, but the front lawn of a single average house has the cooling capacity of close to 9 tons of air conditioning. The average house-size central air unit has a 3-4 ton capacity! Lowering your summer air conditioning bills and enjoying a 10-15% increase in property value all from landscaping your home! Saving money and the environment. That is what we like to call thinking green.

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Summer Landscaping Tips

  • Your lawn will need one and a half to two inches of water each week. Water until you see small amounts of visible run off or puddling twice weekly. *see table below*
  • Have your shrubs, hedges and evergreens trimmed to maintain their size and shape. Trimming a hedge too much limits its food producing capabilities and makes them more sunject to damage from insects, heat, cold and drought.
  • While the weather is warm, bring your houseplants out for a vacation in the warm air. Just give them conditions that they like... semi-shade, adequate water, insects controlled and some extra fertilizer since they will be growing more during their time outside. Be sure to keep them in a wind sheltered area preventing their pots from blowing over.



Summertime Lawn Watering
Temperature (°F)
Inches of water needed per week
1"-1 1/2"
2"+ till visible runoff


*Note, the amount of water required for your lawn changes depending on the type of soil and shade levels in your yard. Since varying soils absorb moisture at different rates, we recommend watering roughly a half inch at a time until visible runoff begins, at which point you will start wasting water to evaporation before it permeates into the soil. Aerating your lawn helps uncompact the soil, creating less run off and a healthier lawn.


Water conservation tips:


Have your flower and plant beds mulched on the yearly basis. Having a layer of mulch at least 3 inches thick reduces evaporation from the soil surface by as much as 70%! your lawn. A properly aerated lawn softens your soil, allowing water and nutrients to flow through it more easily, with less puddling. Puddling of water on the surface leads to more evaporation waste and wasted money.


Install an inground automated sprinkler system. Most people don't water until it is already warm out, setting up cumbersome hoses and sprinklers which shoot water 15 feet into the air to reach their final destination. This, unfortunately causes much of the water to evaporate before it even soaks down into the grass/plants roots, but still shows on your water bill.


Our inground sprinklers are set to master control boxes with automatic timers, allowing the sprinkler to turn on before you even wake up in the morning, greatly reducing the time you have to spend lugging around hoses and the money wasted from water evaporating before it even reaches the roots of your grass.


If it rains? Don't worry about it, your rain sensor will automatically shut the sprinkler off that day.


Isn't it time you enjoy a plush green carpet of grass beneath your toes again?


Gardening Tips:


Tomatoes are among the most widely planted vegetables, but many homeowners question the use of pesticides on their vegetable garden. Tomatoes on the vineTo help your tomatoes grow better and have less insect problems; companion plant them with Asparagus, Carrots, Onions; with herbs like Borage Chives, Dill, Mint, Parsley; and with the flowers Marigold and Nasturtium.


Or try making your own organic insect repellant. The Sierra Club recommends blending six cloves of garlic, an onion, one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of a natural liquid dish soap (like tom's) together in a blender with a bit of cold water. Pour the blended liquid into a quart of cold water, then let it sit for one day before straining it through a coffee filter. Spray your plants with the repellent every couple of days until the pests disappear, then switch to once-a-week spraying.


Watch for insect eaten leaves down to the stem of your tomatoes, this typically means you have tomato grub worms which will need to be treated as soon as possible.


Alternate the turf you plant your vegetables in from year to year, specific vegetables require nutrients other plants don't. Failing to rotate the locations of vegetables within your garden without supplementing the soil with manure or fertilizer will eventually deplete the nutrients in your soil and grow a lackluster crop of vegetables from year to year.


Nothing beats a fresh garden salad from your own back yard!


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