Great Tips for a Smarter Lawn!

The Las Vegas valley gets extreme heat temperatures during the spring and summer months. Knowing how to water your plants properly is the most important thing you can do guarantee your plants stay health while protecting your pocket book from high water bills.

Below are some great tips that will allow you to be water smart, as well as protect your landscaping.

  1. If your lawn has heat sensitive plants, applying mulch around them will allow their roots to stay cooler and prevent evaporation.
  2. Some irrigation systems, equipment and methods can become confusing. Consulting a professional landscaper may safe you a headache on irrigation times, days, and cycle lengths. If you don’t have a landscaper to consult, the internet will usually have manuals on most irrigation machines that are free to download.
  3. If you plan on using pesticides to get rid of unwanted insects around your plants, always remember to follow their instructions exactly. Improper use of pesticides can destroy your plants in a matter of days.
  4. Avoid over mowing your lawn in extreme heat temperatures. Instead allow it to grow longer. A good rule it to never cut your lawn more than one-third the height of the grass blade. This will allow your grass to stay green and healthy longer.
  5. If you mow your lawn, always remember to sharpen your mower blades. Dull or damaged blades can kill grass you are trying to save.
  6. If you need to destroy weeds off your lawn, always remember to read the weed killer instructions fully and use as directed. Weeds should be killed in the early fall to allow a more push lawn by the spring time.
  7. If you have an extremely dry lawn that does not allow water to soak into the ground, or becomes hydrophobic there is an answer. Use a gallon of water with an added tablespoon of liquid dish soap to drench the dry patches. This will allow the surface tension of the grass to breakdown and make it hydrophilic again. Once you have done this, give your lawn a good watering.
  8. If you have brown patches of dead or dying grass, hand water the areas and check your irrigation system to make sure it’s working properly. Most lawn dead areas or patches are the results of faulty sprinkler systems or irrigation lines. Often these areas can be fixed with a replacement of a sprinkler head or a movement of watering direction.
  9. Some plants may look dry but may not mean they need more water. Over watering soil can allow the pants to not be able to breath and will not take in water from its soil. The result will be the death of the plant.
  10. If you have stressed leaves, they are usually a sign of improper watering or improper fertilization. Over watering and under watering are both damaging to a plants leaves so it is best to water your plants deeply and infrequently to allow oxygen in the soil, wash away salts and encourage deep rooting in the pant.
  11. Drip irrigation is permitted any day of the week in the summertime in the Las Vegas valley, however landscaping experts agree that running your watering three days a week during the hot summer months is better for your plants than daily watering. The length of watering times varies from system to system. Consult a landscaping expert to make sure you have the right information before over or under watering your lawn.
  12. For trees or bushes older than 3 years should be watered deeply once every seven to ten days. Newer plans may need to be watered twice as often to allow them to grow and establish themselves in your lawn. Surface mulch is a good option to conserve water between the watering of your plants.
  13. If you are using fertilizer, always make sure you have the correct kind for your specific plants that need it. Some fertilizers release faster in hotter weather and can increase potential damaging of your plants. Always follow package instructions to make sure you have the right kind for your specific landscaping job.
  14. The best time to transplant shrubs or trees is in the Fall. Wait until the leave have dropped and make sure you use a starter fertilizer high in phosphorous for root development.

Hopefully these landscaping tips will allow your grass, trees, bushes and flowers to last longer and healthier. If you need to consult one of our landscaping experts, please contact JTB Landscaping today!

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