Late summer can be a tricky time to maintain the lawns. If you fail to keep proper attention, you might find various insects, debris, weeds, and other such problems on the property. During this time, customers will look for contractors like you to ensure their lawn is safe. But how will you do that? Here are some pro-tips for you that will take your professional landscaping skills one step ahead.
Make sure to clean the stones –
All contractors know sealing the stones is essential to maintaining the patios and decks. Did you know you must clean the stones before that? You can use a pressure or power wash to clean the patios before sealing them and preparing the lawn for the winter.
Apply stone sealers –
What landscape supplies should you choose as paving stone sealers? There are hundreds of paving stone sealers in the market. At FSI Landscape Supply, choose Seal King sealers as they are undoubtedly the best in the market. It is very easy to apply and even dries in 30 minutes. Applying this sealer will protect your natural stone from the de-icing salt in the winters and help fight dirt and oil.
Lawn Maintenance –
Mining lawns in the late summers can be very tough. Make sure to water the property in the morning between 6 and 10 AM. Grass also tends to lose moisture very quickly this time, so make sure to keep your mower blade sharpened so that you can give them a clean cut. Also, apply a healthy amount of grass seed and fertilizer to the soil.
Keep weeds at bay –
If you want to stop weeds from coming back next summer, you must start preparing the lawn during the late summer. A combination of mulch, landscape fabric, and aggregates will help control weed infestations. Furthermore, clean the planting beds and borders, trim and clean the extra perennials, and insulate the soil by adding a thin layer of mulch.
Maintain your landscape supplies and equipment –
Use this time to take care of your landscaping supplies and tools as well. Make sure that the mowing blades are shaped enough. Make sure to store them appropriately throughout the winter so you can use them next spring. Therefore, saving you money on repurchasing items.
Be prepared to deal with the frost –
The winters can be very harsh on the plants, so water the plants in the afternoon and apply a thin layer of mulch. Save the smaller plants by making a cloche and covering them. Although August is a bit early to think about the fall and winter chill, it’s a great idea to have a plan in place and landscaping supplies in stock.
Maintain hydration –
Hydrating grass during August can be very tough. So, protect the grass before it loses moisture and turns brown. Provide a weekly dose of 1 to 1.5 inches of water above ground during the early morning using water sprinklers (oscillating sprinklers are the best).
Check for disease and insects –
Controlling pest activity during this time is also very important. Identify the types of pests like grubs, sod webworms, cutworms, etc., or the diseases and treat the lawn accordingly.
Remove bulky, heavy items –
Make sure there are no heavy or bulky items lying around on the patios or the grass. Bulky items can move or fall due to harsh winds and other unruly weather conditions. If you need to carry heavy objects, use yard protection mats. Without proper care, the natural stone patios and the grass might get damaged.
Preparing and maintaining the garden during late summers is a task. Not only do you have to make sure that the lawn is safe during the winters, but you also have to prepare for the spring at the same time. But, with the tips mentioned in this article, you will deal with every such problem with little or no difficulty.
Contact FSI Landscape Supply for all your late summer landscaping needs!