By John Focht
So it’s mid-July. The summer sun is up, and your green spring lawn has turned into a brown summer scorch. Since your lawn doesn’t grow as much in the summer, now’s a great time to get some other yard work done; just in time to get you into the autumn season.
Trimming Tree Limbs and Bushes
While the summer sun browns your lawn from mid-July to the end of August, now is the perfect time for trimming the overgrown bushes, tree limbs, and general landscaping that has overtaken your yard the past several months.
Do section of your yard each week. Spend the first week doing the front of the house and areas where people see most of your house. Next hit the backyard and areas where you and your family spend most of your summer days and nights. And finally hit the sides of the house and areas where there isn’t much activity.
Breaking up the yard into different sections will help alleviate doing all the work in one shot, and will allow you to stay up to date with your landscaping as you head into fall.
It’s an ugly job, but at some point somebodies got to do it. If you haven’t done a clean-up already this summer, by this time of the season you are probably in dire need of a good weeding.
In lieu of cutting the grass, give your flower bed a good once-over and get rid of those pesky weeds. Be sure to pull them out by the roots to keep them from just growing back next week.
Cutting the Grass
If your lawn does need a good mow over the dog-days, raise your blades to one inch. Cutting the grass at a longer length will allow the grass to shade itself and help its roots.
During the hot summer months, it’s always good to cut the lawn an inch higher than you normally would in spring and fall.
Now it’s time to find the hammock, lie in the shade, and enjoy the summer breeze.