Need a new look for a small area? Maybe it’s time to Evaluate your Garden!
What Can You Do To Prepare For This Season
Well we’ve had a few storms and depending on where you live maybe a couple of good rain/wind events. There are some things you can and should do to get your garden thru this season as unscathed as possible.
First-there may be nothing you can do to stop catastrophic winds from damaging or uprooting trees. Hurricane force winds and rain is going to do what it does and no staking or pruning is going to help in these cases. You can make sure large limbs or trees are not overhanging your roof or cars. If they do fall make sure they fall on open space.
Second– Most trees are uprooted because they’re improperly watered. Be sure you’re moving drips away from trunk as tree grows and watering long enough to get water to at least a depth of 3 feet. See Landscape Watering By The Numbers to determine how to water deeply enough.
Third– Be sure young trees are properly staked. Remove the stake the tree came with and replace it with 2 stakes one on either side of the tree equal distant apart. Tie the tree loosely to either stake be sure to use a rubber hose or similar where tie or wire makes contact with tree. This allows the tree freedom to move and become less dependent on the stakes more quickly.
Third- Fertilize adequately. With the increase in humidity, plants will begin to grow and recover from early summer heat stress. Be sure to supply proper nutrients to allow this to happen more vigorously.
Four– If it rains and with more moisture in the air, plants will not dry out as quickly, especially if your mulching. You may actually be able to cut back on the frequency of the water schedule. Remember the average daily temp is coming down and the days are getting shorter as well. In lawns a good indicator of excess moisture are mushrooms or toad stools growing. They are a sure sign you can cut back on the water. Be sure you’re watering lawns in early morning and not at night.
Five-Evaluate. This is a great time to take a good look at your garden and decide if a particular tree, shrub, or vine is a good fit in that spot. Perhaps it has struggled every year at this time? Maybe you’ve lost a tree or large limb and the plants near that are now getting too much sun? It might just be time for a redo. Many of us have lived in our homes for a long time. We’ve remodeled the inside, why not do the same on the out? If you need help evaluating your landscape, we’ll come do it for FREE!! Perhaps a monsoon storm is just what it takes to end up getting you the garden of your dreams!