Towards the end of summer, many homeowners and property owners neglect their landscape. They assume that regular maintenance is no longer needed since the fall and winter months are right around the corner.
Unfortunately, the end result is an over-stressed landscape that’s more susceptible to cold and weather-related damage.
To prevent this from happening to your landscape, consider the six following late-summer landscaping tips.
#1) Add Mulch to Flowerbeds
Assuming you have flowerbeds in your landscape, add a layer of mulch during late summer to encourage water retention.
Even if it’s just 0.5 inches thick, a layer of organic mulch will trap moisture to protect your flowerbeds against dehydration.
#2) Fertilize Grass
Another tip to encourage a healthy landscape during the latter half of summer is to fertilize the grass.
Grass often enters a partially dormant state during the hot summer months. As a result, it needs a helping hand during the fall and winter months – something with which fertilizer can help.
#3) Kill or Remove Weeds
Don’t forget to kill or remove weeds when maintaining your lawn during the late summer months.
Weeds often emerge during the spring and summer, and if you don’t kill or remove them, they’ll likely stay throughout the rest of the year.
Therefore, you should either kill or remove all visible weeds in your landscape.
#4) Mow at a Taller Height
If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and raise the blade on your lawnmower by about 1 inch.
If you cut the grass too short, it will likely stress your landscape while contributing to brown and dead patches in the process.
Whether you use a riding lawnmower or a walk-behind lawnmower, raising the blade by 1 inch will protect your lawn from stress while encouraging healthy growth and development during the fall months.
#5) Inspect for Fungal Disease
When surveying your landscape, look for signs of fungal disease.
The presence of a white powder, for example, typically indicates fungal disease. The good news is that you can treat most common fungal diseases – but only if you spot them early.
#6) Prune Overgrown Plants and Shrubs
Finally, late summer is the perfect time to prune overgrown plants and shrubs in your landscape.
If left unchecked, plants and shrubs can quickly grow out of control. This is particularly true during the fall season when the temperature begins to drop and heat-related stress is no longer a concern.
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