Yesterday was a pretty big day for me and I admit that I have a bit of a hangover today!
Not an alcohol hangover… or a hangover from my little league teams loss last night, but a hangover from the release of 3 months of built up stress. In case you are reading my blog for the first time, I decided yesterday that Lundholm Landscaping is no longer in the landscape maintenance business. Aside from 5 select accounts, I decided that it is in the best interest of all parties involved that I refer landscape maintenance to my competitors. My stress level immediately went down and today I feel much more relaxed and focused.
Going forward, I will focus my attention on Landscape Design, Construction and Consultation.
That’s water under the bridge. I am not the type to second guess myself or look back and wonder. Its onward and upward.
Today is a great day to discuss a few Do’s and Dont’s to help your lawn and garden survive a heat wave.
Plants obviously don’t have the luxury of going inside to relax and unwind in the air conditioning. Plants have to suck it up and weather the storm. Plants actually react to extreme heat the same way that they react to extreme cold. Their internal survival system instructs them to go into a brief or sustained, period of dormancy… Depending on the extent of the extreme heat.
Keep a close eye on your lawn and garden. Look for extreme wilting, insect infestations, black spot and cracking soil.
Continue to water plants on a normal schedule. It’s important not to over water, which causes fungus, root rot a host of other problems. Under watering is not advised either for obvious reasons. Even dormant grasses and plants need some water.
Keep up with weed control. Dormant plants can easily be taken over by weeds. Weeds take necessary water and nutrients from the soil, robbing them from your prize possessions.
Maintain at least a 1 to 2 inch layer of mulch in your planting beds and gardens. As a reminder, mulch helps to control weeds, keeps soil temperatures down and helps to retain moisture in the soil.
Keep up with your dead heading. Although a rose, geranium or petunia flower has bloomed and is beginning to turn brown, it is still demanding water and nutrients. Eliminate spent flowers so plants can send nutrients elsewhere(always use sharp pruning shears and make clean, crisp cuts).
Water your lawn 3 times a day to combat the heat. Excess watering puts additional stress on lawn and gardens in heat waves because the excess water encourages plants to keep growing rather than slipping into a brief period of dormancy.
Worry about a few brown spots, or even total brown out, in your lawn.
Apply any fertilizer which will encourage growth or prolong blooms.
Panic, this too will pass.
Cut grass if it doesn’t need it. The weight of a lawn mower can actually snap grass blades and leave your lawn susceptible to fungus and disease.
Apply any insect, fungus or disease control products during the hottest parts of the day. Products like this will burn your lawn and garden and cause irreversible damage. Always apply either Late afternoon or very early morning.
My last, most important don’t of all….
Don’t forget to read… or re-read my blog on an amazing new approach to lawn and garden care which is 100 percent organic(Item 6 in my series of Blogs on 10 Tips for a Perfect Lawn). If you are on the Holganix plan, your lawn is probably thriving because of the micro climate that you created in the soil.
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