Taking Care of Your Garden in the summer

Grass Care

With the extreme heat that we all have experienced this summer, it is important to consider proper grass maintenance. With water restrictions in full force, the dry ground has caused most grass types to go dormant. Considering the lack of water this year the grass will restore itself next season.

If the grass needs to be cut it is important to consider the height of the mower deck. Grass should only be cut at a minimum of 2.75 inches, as well people should refrain from cutting once a week. Fertilizer should not be added as it can either burn or be non-effective to the grass at this time. Cutting at a taller height helps protect grass roots and ensures a healthy rejuvenation next season.

Tree and Shrub Pruning

This season the trees and shrubs have been stressed with the lack of water and early spring we experienced. It is in the trees and shrubs best interest to refrain from pruning from the hot summer. Leaves help keep the tree cool. That being the said pruning helps prevent disease such as black knot, fire blight, honey locusts and beetles. Prune wisely.

It is important to consider proper watering times for newly planted trees, saplings and shrubs. Watering should only be done in early morning and late evening, this ensures that the will penetrate the root system. Mulch is one of the most important tools to keep your trees healthy any time of the year, especially during the hot summers. Most arborists suggest applying mulch in a layer that is around two to three inches thick on top of the soil by the tree. Ideally, you want to be able to see the tree flare, the area where it widens when meeting the ground. Put the mulch right outside of this area or around six inches from the tree’s trunk.
Mulch serves two important purposes during the summer. It helps the soil retain the moisture by preventing evaporation and it reduces the overall temperature of the ground. Since hotter ground can be harder on the tree’s roots and simply absorb more water.

Garden Care

With the long hot days most plants have shut down, even tomatoes have stopped pollenating. It is important to refrain from fertilizing as the garden is not absorbing much with the heat and can burn the plants. Ironically, during the heat of midsummer, sometimes the best thing you can do is to leave your plants alone. If you are going to water it is best to stick to a schedule of an inch of water inch of water morning and night. By doing this it helps conserve water and ensures you are not over watering plants. It is always best to work with mother nature and she will support your efforts.

3 Steps to Greener Lawn This Summer


To keep your lawn looking stunning there are regular steps that can be taken to ensure your grass looks stunning all season long!

  1. Fertilize

Fertilizing is essential to a greener lawn.  It strengthens the roots, helps promote new growth and can help keep weeds at bay.

  1. Irrigation

Water is essential for all living organisms so your grass is no different.  Under watering will turn your grass brown and over watering will drown the roots.  There are pockets of space under the grass in the ground that usually fill with oxygen.  If you over water the grass these pockets will instead be filled by, you guessed it, water!  Oxygen is imperative as without it the roots of the sod will suffocate and your grasses root system will be weakened

  1. Mowing

It is very important to regularly mow your lawn and mow it correctly.  Not just any mowing technique will be sufficient. The mower blades should be sharp to ensure a nice clean cut.  Also the height you cut the grass at is important. You do not want to cut the grass too short as this puts extra strain on the roots.  This will make the root system weaker and can lead to more weeds. You should generally only cut the grass down by 1/3.

At Dreamscapes landscaping we can help you maintain your lawn so it looks great all season long.  We cover Okotoks, Calgary, Black Diamond, High River and more.  If you need a quality, reliable and affordable lawn maintenance program or lawn cutting service contact us today for a free consultation.