Preparing Your Landscape for Summer: Expert Watering Tips for a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central New York

Preparing Your Landscape for Summer: Expert Watering Tips for a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central New York

Summer is finally here and with it, the potential for drought conditions in Central New York. The summer of 2016 brought one of the most significant droughts to the area, and it’s essential to be prepared this season. J and R Property Services is here to help you keep your landscape healthy and thriving, even during a drought. Here are a few watering tips and techniques to keep in mind:

Establishing a Healthy Lawn

To keep your lawn healthy during a drought, it’s crucial to water it in the morning hours, two to three times a week. A good soaking is better than multiple light applications, and watering in the morning allows the grass blades to dry during the day, preventing mold and fungus development. Proper watering is also essential in developing deeper roots and fighting off invasive weeds. If mowing is necessary, set the mower deck higher than normal. A longer grass blade will help retain more moisture and shade the soil from the sun.

Caring for Your Landscape Plants

When it comes to watering your landscape plants, it’s crucial to avoid getting the branches and foliage wet. Damp branches and foliage are more susceptible to disease and rot. Perennials should be watered three to four times a week, while shrubs and trees should be watered about twice a week. Use gentle pressure from a garden hose and hold it at the base of each plant for a few seconds (longer for larger plants) to allow the soil to become saturated and all roots to be watered. Remember, you water the roots, not the plant.

Lemonade from Lemons: Edible Weeds in Your Lawn

Drought conditions can cause weeds to become prevalent in your lawn. However, some of these weeds are edible! In Central New York, some common edible weeds include purslane, dandelions, lambsquarters and plantains. While we don’t recommend going out and eating your lawn. Although these weeds are edible, it’s important to properly identify them before consuming and to only consume them from areas that have not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Hey, it’s food for thought.

If you’re looking for ways to prepare your landscape for summer, now is the time to inquire about J and R Property Services’ services. We book up fast for the rest of the summer season, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

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