With summer just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your landscaping. Warm, summer weather can wreak havoc on your yard, especially if you don't know what you're looking for. Overlooking a minor issue can leave you facing a major problem later. Here are three steps you should take to avoid problems this summer.
Trim Your Shrubbery
If you've got shrubbery up against your home, you need to give it a good trim before the weather heats up. The foliage that's resting up against the house can become the perfect hiding place for pests. Many pests seek warm, moist places to hide, and your shrubbery works perfectly. To keep pests away, be sure to trim your shrubbery. If you have low-hanging trees near your home, you should trim those as well.
It's important to note that trimming your shrubbery away from your home will also make it more secure. Burglars can use your shrubbery as a hiding place.
Care for Your Lawn
If you have a lush lawn, you want to protect it throughout those summer months. While it can be difficult to protect your lawn during the summer, it doesn't have to be impossible. Add the following two tips to your lawncare routine this summer.
Remove the Clippings
When you mow your lawn, you might leave the clippings in place. That's one of the worst things you can do during the spring and summer months. The moisture that builds up under the clippings can lead to fungus growth, which can destroy your lawn. For maximum protection, remove the clippings each time you mow the lawn.
If you're not aerating your lawn during the summer, you should be. Aeration opens up the soil, allowing more oxygen – and water – to get down to the roots. To aerate your lawn, simply put on a pair of golf shoes and walk around your yard. The spikes on the bottom of the shoes will open the soil. Walking around your yard will also allow you to locate sprinkler leaks so you can avoid plumbing problems this summer.
Inspect Your Trees
Your trees should be inspected at least once a month during the summer months. You'll want to look for signs of pest infestation, and fungus growth. If you notice holes developing in the bark of your tree, or notice signs of fungus, you should have it looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
Now that the temperatures are warming up, use the tips provided here to care for your landscaping or invest in professional landscaping services.