Now that you’ve purchased the home of your dreams, you want to show off your lush lawns and healthy home gardens, but that’s not always what you get when you first buy a home in the Sunshine State, especially during summer’s scorchingly hot days and if no one has been attending to the landscaping.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to win the battle. Here are seven expert tips for getting – and keeping – your yard healthy and happy, even in the heat of Florida summer.
Add Mulch to Plant Beds
Mulch will help keep the soil moist and it reduces weeds. To prevent rot and other plant diseases, do your best to avoid piling mulch against plant stems and tree trunks.
Water at the Right Time
Take care to avoid watering your lawn and plants between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to prevent water loss from evaporation which happens during peak sunlight hours. Instead, hydrate your grass either early in the morning or late in the evening.
Do Your Sprinklers Measure Up?
Ensure sure your sprinklers are watering your grass and plants, not driveways and sidewalks. By strategically placing empty measuring cups around your yard within range of the sprinklers you can determine if this they are properly installed.
Once the cups are in position, turn on your sprinklers and let them run for 30 minutes. Then measure the amount of water in each cup. Ideally, the water will be evenly distributed among all the cups. It should be filled roughly three-quarters of an inch of water so you can adjust your watering times if necessary.
Drip Irrigation Systems
Through an installation of a low-pressure, low-volume water distribution drip irrigation system, you can keep roots moist without drowning them. This will keep your plants healthy and reduce overall water usage to help reduce the cost of your water bill. Drip irrigation hoses can be buried to allow water to seep down to a plant’s roots for optimal growth. Be sure to ask a professional landscaper when you are ready to take this step.
Keep your lawn looking healthy and green without wasting water by setting your sprinkler system timer to a watering schedule that suits your area, taking into consideration how much rainfall you usually get and local watering restrictions. This ensure optimal hydration and water conservation in our beautiful South Florida neighborhoods!
How Can Garden Services Help You?
Certified landscapers at Garden Services will guide you through every phase of your new home landscaping project. We are a full-service landscaping company with 39-year’s of experience and expertise in residential and commercial landscape, maintenance, professional tree care management and irrigation.
Please contact us for your landscaping needs at (954) 680-8100 or info@GardenServices.us