Summer SOS For Your Landscape

Donna Fossum

The summer heat can be brutal to unsuspecting landscapes. But tackling a few simple tasks now can help it weather the scorching temps.

Summer is quickly approaching, although some days it feels like it’s already here. The summer heat can be brutal to unsuspecting landscapes. Now is the time to tackle a few simple tasks to help it weather the scorching temps.

Rain has been more than plentiful, but if we haven’t had any rain for at least a couple of weeks, you’ll probably need to water your turf areas. Water thoroughly each time, and only once a week, applying 1 inch of water. You might need to do multiple short applications to allow the water to soak in and avoid having water run down the street — in San Antonio that’s a water waste violation.

Insect populations are at their peak now, but remember not all bugs are bad bugs so be careful what pesticides you use. You do want to keep the good bugs in your garden. Keep the lawn mower blades sharpened as the lawn will likely require weekly mowing.

Also, now is a good time to exchange cold weather annuals for warm season annuals such as marigold, penta, periwinkle, portulaca and purslane.

Perennial plants such as crape myrtle are likely very showy right now — keep them that way by deadheading any spent flowers to keep them blooming. Consider planting a new bed in your garden with hardy drought tolerant plants that can survive the summer with little or no water.

Pay a visit to the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s WaterSaver Garden to get ideas on plants that can survive our blazing hot summers. Any time you plant, be sure to add at least a 2-inch layer of mulch to help conserve water and prevent weeds.

If you follow all of the above practices, you will have a beautiful landscape even in the warmest months.

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