Is your landscaping looking a bit withered from all the summer heat? There are a few simple tips and tricks to ensuring your home’s outdoor landscape stays beautiful year-round and especially when temperatures outside soar.
Water During the Coolest Parts of the Day
The very best time to water your lawn and garden is early morning, between 6am and 9am. Did you know plants can get sunburned? Watering during the hottest part of the day, when the sun is shining brightest, not only wastes water (it evaporates more quickly), but it also can damage the leaves on tender plants. Water in the early morning to give plants ample opportunity to fully absorb a good drink.
Choose Drought-Resistant Plants
The Georgia heat is no joke in July and August. Without daily watering, many traditional landscaping plants will start to wither. But there are colorful alternatives that are also drought-resistant that will make your flowerbeds pop. Try black-eyed Susans, a hardy flower with reddish orange petals, or lantana, which will attract butterflies in droves.
Set a Schedule for Mowing & Fertilize Regularly
A consistent maintenance schedule is the best way to keep your yard in tip-top shape. That means setting a regular mowing schedule and sticking to it. It is also important to fertilize regularly to encourage grass growth and discourage weeds from invading.
Choose Plants Deer Will Avoid
There is nothing worse than discovering all the flowers you lovingly planted in the spring have been eaten just at their prime by nosy, hungry deer. The deer in Georgia, it seems, will eat almost anything. There are, however, a few plants they dislike. Try bearded iris, peonies, chives, sage, and lavender. In general, deer are repelled by “stinky” plants, or those that give off a strong odor. While some deer will avoid roses and azaleas (popular landscaping plants in Georgia), others will strip blossoms regardless of the thorns and tough leaves. For these, try planting in protected places close to your home.
With just a little extra effort and some know-how, your lawn and garden will thrive this summer, allowing you more time to relax and enjoy your outdoor space.
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