Ask the ExpertsSummer Landscape CareJune 24, 2021With the sunny Texas heat comes poolside parties, barbecues, and lots of outdoor fun. It also means the need for the family to use the backyard. As people spend the majority of their time outdoors during the summer than any other time, follow our tips on summer landscape care for a healthy, aesthetically appealing, and entertainment-worthy outdoor space. Proper wateringA lot of people think that the summer months automatically means that they should water their lawn more frequently. However, proper watering is more essential than how often you water. Watering efficiently includes:Not watering during the hottest parts of the day. The best time to water is early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Watering your lawn when the sun is high up will steal moisture from your plants and cause the water to evaporate before it reaches the roots. Instead of hoses and sprinklers, use drip irrigation as it waters plants slowly and more efficiently. Water your plants deeply, but less often.Ensure the health of your grassDifferent types of grass require various nutrient needs. For instance, warm-season grass requires a quick fertilizer application for an instant nutrient boost. Fertilizing is still one of the best things you can do for your turf, however, misapplication or over-fertilization can have catastrophic effects on your lawn. Fertilizers contain nitrogen, and excessive amounts can burn your grass. Choose a slow-release fertilizer with lower nitrogen content. Here are other ways you can ensure the health of your grass:Removing weeds since they steal nutrients from your shrubs and grass.Have your lawn aerated to enhance oxygen flow and encourage a healthy turf.Check the soil’s pH balance.Use drought-tolerant plantsIn the landscaping world, color is king! Add vibrance to those natural browns and greens by giving your space a splash of color. Drought-tolerant plants will not only thrive in the Texas heat, they are also low-maintenance, and do not require frequent watering. To add texture to your landscape, consider planting shade trees throughout your property. As a bonus, evergreen trees will help conserve energy and lower your utility bills.Don’t allow pests to feel at homeLawn pests can be detrimental to your landscape. There are different kinds of lawn pests that are particularly active during the summer season, like grubs and cinch bugs. To prevent them from damaging your plant, be proactive. Choose safe, organic pesticides. If you are unsure of what to do or if you are dealing with a big infestation, do not hesitate to ask for professional help from your Dallas landscaping company. If your outdoor space is looking less than desirable this season, gain comfort knowing that your team at Southern Botanical are experts in proper summer landscape care. Contact us today to make your lawn a healthy, serene, and thriving outdoor retreat.