July is a month made for the outdoors! It’s a time to barbecue and enjoy leisurely outdoor meals; a time for kids playing on the lawn and a time when every tree and shrub seems all in its glory.
It’s also vacation time for lots of us, and that means making plans to keep the landscape fresh and beautiful while we’re gone.
The July issue also touches on dealing with insects that are so prevalent now. You may never eradicate them, but with the proper steps — and professional assistance — you can keep the insect population under control.
Your July Garden Tips – Seasonal Testing
The first casualty of summer weather will be shallow-rooted turf trying to grow in hard soil.
In addition to keeping in touch with you and sharing helpful information and gardening ideas, we hope to encourage you to get more involved with your garden. By doing so, you get to enjoy it more because you are planting flowers, vegetables, a new tree or unique shrubs.
Supply Water to Keep Soil Oxygenated & Healthy
The abundant supply of two essential ingredients for your plants and turf can become scarcer during the summer months, impacting the beauty and health of your entire landscape. The first and foremost ingredient needed is oxygen in the root zone of your turf, trees and shrubbery; flowers and vegetables, too. The partner of oxygen is water. Together they are essential for life. For your landscape, this means the conservation of its health and, therefore, its beauty.
During the spring, your plants benefited from a loose soil, the result of the alternate freezing and thawing that took place during the winter. Oxygen was freely able to enter the soil along with abundant spring rains, which also carried dissolved oxygen into the root zone as well. Everything grew marvelously!
As the soil becomes warmer, and rains less plentiful, the concern always is that oxygen and water will become less abundant in the root zone. When this happens, the many beneficial organisms, as well as plant and turf roots, are marginalized. These are the two factors that help to keep the soil loose. The result is that most soils become harder, further restricting oxygen and water circulation.
This is the reason for our constant emphasis on watering adequately and reliably right from the time when rain becomes less abundant in late May/early June.
By sustaining a hydrated and oxygenated soil, microorganisms, worms, and plant roots stay alive, keeping the soil loose. The result is a healthier landscape with less need for rescue chemistry, turf repair and plant replacement.
Professional Care All The More Important Now
For many, summer is a time for vacationing away from your home. This is the same time that your landscape will be under attack from hot weather, more insect activity and disease outbreaks.
It is good to know that you have knowledgeable pros to keep an eye on your landscape in your absence.
Before you go, arrange for watering or have your sprinkler system checked for full coverage and probably set for an extra watering cycle.