Spring and summer might seem like the best times have a green thumb, but fall and winter can be ideal times to tackle some last-minute yard projects and spruce up your curb appeal.
Bring your garden to the next level this July with Supreme Lawn & Landscaping’s gardening maintenance tips.
Trying New Plants
Many gardeners fall into the habit of plating the same plants every summer. We are not advising to throw away your favorite blossoms, but try planting something new this July. Variety is the spice of life, and that goes for your garden, too. Add new colors and add new scents. Even if this is out of your comfort zone, you may be surprised—you might like it!
Protecting Flowers and Crops
It’s time to start protecting your flowers and crops from pesky rabbits and deer. Nothing is more of a nuisance than the local wildlife getting to enjoy the fruits (and flowers) of your hard work. Lightweight plastic netting is a good way to keep animals away, while still allowing pollinating insects through. The netting is also difficult to see at a distance, so you can still enjoy the view.
Protecting Your Garden From the Heat
As July has been heating up, gardens have been drying out. Being attentive to your garden during a heat wave is important for its survival. One way to fight the heat is to eliminate your garden’s competitors for water and picking weeds. Placing mulch can help by not only controlling weeds, but also retaining moisture and regulating soil temperature. When you know that it’s going to be an especially hot day, get ahead of the heat by watering in the early morning. Water just enough to keep the soil moist and water more frequently throughout the day.
Freshen up the Area
One way to highlight your garden area is to eliminate visual distractions. Make sure your garden area is tidy by cleaning pots and plant containers, replacing the water in your bird bath, and spraying down patio furniture. Cleanliness always makes a good impression.
For more information on how Supreme Lawn and Landscaping can help you keep your garden maintenance up this summer, contact us today. You can also follow us on Facebook for tips and trends in lawn and landscaping care.
Trickling water, sparkling waterfalls, and increased property value—adding a water feature and complementary landscaping can boost your backyard from ordinary to oasis. Whether you choose a subtle fountain or something more dramatic, water features come in a broad range in price and variety, and Supreme can help you bring your ideas to life.
Fantastic Water Features
On the smaller scale, pot fountains and circulating water features can create those relaxing babbling water sounds without breaking the bank. An above-ground water garden makes a beautiful impression, or we can help you design a stone fountain focal point, using the stone of your choosing. Another popular way to integrate water into your garden is to combine sculptural elements with water, using rock-on-rock towers, large urns that spout, or classically inspired Grecian statues.
For a more dramatic look, go for your own stand-alone pond, multi-layered pools that spill, or even a stocked koi pond on your property; you can even add a romantic bridge across it! Some families love their koi ponds for swimming and snorkeling in their own back yard.
At Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, we will work with your space and your design aesthetic to create the perfect water feature for your home, creating a touch of relaxation while adding value to your property.
Complement Your Water Feature with Landscaping
Once you decide how to add water to your outdoor space, you will likely want to complete the look with the proper landscaping. The team at Supreme Lawn & Landscaping can help you decide on plants that will complement your new water feature without taking away focus. There are dozens of aquatic plants that grow either in ponds or around water, like water lilies, irises, sedum, or daylilies. Create a balance of heights and interesting textures to achieve the look you want.
From lily varieties and natural grasses that will complete your pond to delicate flowering accents surrounding your new water feature, let’s build a beautiful outdoor space for your home. Contact Supreme Lawn to get started.
If you want your yard to look green and beautiful in the summer and early fall, taking care of it in the spring is of the utmost importance. Spring is probably the most important season to perform maintenance on your lawn. If you don’t want your lawn overtaken by weeds, stressed out by heat, or looking drab during the summer, following these easy spring cleaning tips will make you a happy homeowner.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
Winter can take its toll on trees and shrubs. In the beginning of spring, all the branches on a tree or bush look pretty much the same, but as they start to blossom, you can see which will produce leaves and flourish and which didn’t make it through the winter. Take the time to trim dead branches from your trees and shrubs, or you’ll just have more debris to clean up later!
Removing Debris from the Winter
The first thing you need to do is remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. When it gets warm enough, it’s time to bust out the rake and go to work! Removing any debris and raking your yard will encourage airflow and will help break up snow mold. New grass blades will begin to emerge right away after you’re done raking.
Remember not to rake too hard, otherwise, you may harm your grass. In the spring, your yard will likely be wet more often than not. Hard raking will compromise the root structure of your lawn. Using a plastic rake is a good way to prevent damage. There are many types to choose from. Another way to prevent damage to your yard while removing debris is to use a leaf blower.
Here at Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, we use power raking to go over the turf in your entire yard, which pulls the dead grass and debris up and helps your lawn. After pulling the dead grass and debris out of your turf, we clean it all up and proceed with our clean-up, which includes blowing leaves and debris out from around your home, rock beds, mulch beds, and shrubs.
There are many benefits to core aeration. It’s is the best way to get your grass breathing after the long winter. Using a core aerator allows water and air to reach your roots faster, which will result in growth and increased development. It’s important to note that you should aerate when it’s between 55 and 60 degrees. Just like with pre-emergent crabgrass control, weed seeds and roots begin to flourish when it’s above 65 degrees.
Preventing Summer Weeds
The next step you should take is to apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control. Application time is critical. Generally, plan to apply it when the weather stays around 55 to 60 degrees. When it warms up with temperatures above 65 degrees, weeds begin to emerge and a pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once temperatures have gotten warm enough.
Once your lawn is cleaned of debris, aerated, and prepped to prevent weeds, you can start concentrating on things like getting ready to plant flowers or veggies, cleaning pathways, and starting a compost pile.
If you’re not able to do your own spring cleanup, be sure to give Supreme Lawn and Landscaping a call. We provide tree and shrub trimming, edging, fertilization and general spring cleanup services. Give us a call at 320-251-1739. We can help your lawn look supremely beautiful.