Summer Landscaping Tips
June 3rd, 2021
Are you a new homeowner? Maybe this is your first summer in your new Keystone Communities home. We’ve rounded up a few helpful tips to keep your lawn and landscaping looking its best throughout the hottest months of the year.
Water During the Coolest Parts of the Day
The absolute best time to water your lawn and garden is early morning, between 6am and 9am. Did you know plants can get sunburned? Watering during the hottest part of the day, when the sun is shining brightest, not only wastes water (it evaporates more quickly), but it also can damage the leaves on tender plants. Water in the early morning to give plants ample opportunity to fully absorb a good drink.
Choose Drought-Resistant Plants
The Georgia heat is no joke in July and August. Without constant watering, many traditional landscaping plants will start to wither. But there are colorful alternatives to make your flowerbeds pop. Try black-eyed Susans, a hardy flower with reddish orange petals, or lantana, which will attract butterflies in droves. Both are drought-resistant, sturdy, flowering plants.
Set a Schedule for Mowing & Fertilize Regularly
The best way to make your landscape inviting is to keep it well maintained. That means setting a regular mowing schedule and sticking to it. It is also important to fertilize regularly to encourage grass growth and discourage weeds from invading.
Choose Plants Deer Will Avoid
There is nothing worse than discovering all the flowers you lovingly planted in the spring have been eaten just at their prime by nosy, hungry deer. The deer in Georgia, it seems, will eat almost anything. There are, however, a few plants they dislike. Try bearded iris, peonies, chives, sage, and lavender. Deer are repelled by “stinky” plants, or those that give off a strong odor. While some deer will avoid roses and azaleas (popular landscaping plants in Georgia), others will strip blossoms regardless of the thorns and tough leaves. For these, try planting in protected places close to your home.
Though landscaping in the summer heat can be tricky, following these few simple tips will have your lawn and garden looking their best throughout the hottest part of the growing season. We hope this summer blossoms brightly at your new Keystone Communities home!
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