Warm Weather Landscaping Tips
With summer at its peak and temperatures rising across the nation, Salt Lake City landscaping companies offer valuable warm weather landscaping tips to help keep lawns, Utah shrubs and flowers in pristine condition.
Many cities are under drought watches and watering restrictions due to wildfire danger. Homeowners should consider incorporating the following tips into their landscaping routines.
- Sprinkler heads should be adjusted so they do not spray driveways, walls or sidewalks.
- Always water early in the morning, as this uses less water due to evaporation and allows the plants to not be cold and soggy from excessive watering at night.
- Nozzles and irrigation clocks are the two most efficient types of watering devices.
- Sprinkler systems should be checked once a week to ensure there are no broken or missing sprinklers. Broken parts are the main cause of inefficient watering systems.
- Drip lines should be checked monthly to ensure there are no broken heads or the line is not clogged.
- Typically sprinklers should be adjusted so there is no overlapping spray, but “head-to-head” coverage, ensuring that every plant receives an adequate amount of water. Homeowners should confirm that grass does not interfere with the sprinkler’s spray and sprinkler heads should be level with the ground to prevent tripping hazards or blockage.
- Automatic watering irrigation clock schedules are an excellent option, although they should be adjusted to comply with local watering restrictions.
- Drip irrigation is excellent for trees and shrubs, using less water and boosting plants’ health.
- Plants in the shade should be watered an average of 30-percent or less than plants located in hot, sunny areas.
- When selecting sprinkler schedules, take shade and sun conditions into account.
- When watering, ensure that the plants are receiving water at the roots, but do not overwater, as this can cause root rot.
- Creating shady areas in hot, arid conditions may be helpful. Artificial shade can easily be created using mesh or fabric.
- Lawns should not be shorter than three inches, as this helps maintain moisture and keep the lawn’s temperature down. This also helps the soil not dry too fast, keeping the grass roots slightly damp.
- Between two to three inches of mulch helps maintain a flowerbed’s moisture levels and greatly reduces weed growth.
By following these simple Utah landscaping tips, homeowners can not only do their part to conserve water, but also actually help create a plentiful oasis that allows flowers and shrubs to flourish.