Summer Landscape Tips
Learn how to keep your landscape healthy during the hot summer months. Prescott landscaper tips are great for our Arizona climate. Just because you can water your landscape more frequently in the summer months doesn’t mean you need to. Keep your yard healthy while still complying with considering water usage.
Time of Day
Water in early morning hours before sunrise to lessen water loss to evaporation and daytime winds. From May 1 through Aug. 31, watering restrictions prohibit landscape irrigation between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday watering also is prohibited. A professional landscaper will understand all of these factors with time of day and year.
Landscaper Drip Irrigation
While drip irrigation is permitted any day of the week during summer, experts agree that running it a maximum of three days a week during warmer months is much better for plants than daily watering. The length of watering time for plants on drip systems varies depending on the type of emitter, plant types, and soil conditions. See our drip watering tips for details.
When it comes to watering your lawn, the biggest problem we see is overwatering. A consistently wet lawn causes grass roots to become shallow, which makes your turf weak and more susceptible to disease and malnourishment. This means you should always make sure your sprinkler system is off when it’s raining because you’re not just wasting water—you’re damaging your lawn.
As a general rule, your lawn should receive the equivalent of about one inch of rain per week during summer months. Ideally, your lawn would receive that rainfall spread over the course of the week. You can’t make it rain on command, but if you’re running irrigation you can split it into three or four cycles throughout the week. Try not to water every day as this promotes shallow root systems and can weaken the grass.
Check your trees for dead hanging limbs that you might need to cut away. Thunderstorms are frequent during the summer and tree limbs can do a great deal of damage. Also, prune any plants that might interfere with your AC condenser and trim bushes that might be too close to the house.
Trim any bushes. If left untrimmed, they can trap moisture and they invite termites. Keeping bushes trimmed can also eliminate potential hiding places for burglars or other unwanted visitors.
Vines come from the ground and grow in the house. Creepy crawlies come from the ground, too, and they can use those vines to get into your house. Vines also trap moisture against the house and they can eat away the mortar in between your bricks, jeopardizing the stability of your exterior walls.
So, while vines might be pretty they are not good for your house and you should trim them back regularly. If you really want to keep the vines hanging around, here’s a tip — install a garden trellis next to your house. They come in a variety of sizes and they keep vines away from your foundation.
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