There’s no denying that the Midwest has some pretty drastic weather mood swings. One day it’s 85 degrees and sunny, the next day it could be snowing. Summer gets a tad more stable but can still go from dry and hot to flood-like rains. These temperamental temperatures can wreak havoc on your landscaping to say the least. With that in mind, we’ve decided to comprise a list of do’s and don’ts for your summer landscaping because no one wants to be that neighbor with that yard.

 

DON’T water unless it’s necessary. It can be tempting to turn on those sprinkler systems as soon as the weather gets above jacket weather. You don’t want to water if it’s going to rain, you don’t want to turn on the sprinklers and forget about them. A good rule is to water when plants are newly planted or dropping leaves.

 

DON’T water during the hottest part of the day. You probably think that watering in the afternoon is logical because things need water when it’s the hottest, right? Well, kind of. Afternoon heatwaves tend to evaporate the water droplets before they can do any good so really it’s not doing much good. Water in the morning so the roots can absorb moisture.

 

DON’T let pests get comfy in your lawn. Many different pests can damage lawns and gardens. Be on the lookout for signs of pest infestation like brown spots or yellow grass. Make sure you know what the pest is so you can find the right product to combat the problem.

 

DO water deeply. Water for about 45 minutes and let the water soak into the ground. Do this 3-5 times a week to encourage deep root growth.

 

DO use a “weed and feed” on your lawn. As the name implies, it will rid your yard of weeds (yes, dandelions too!) plus it is a fertilizer to nourish your lawn.

 

DO mow correctly. Make sure you’re not cutting your grass too short. You might have to mow less frequently but it will damage your lawn. Make sure you mow regularly.