Summer is a great time of year to have people over and spend time outside. However, it can be a nightmare for landscaping. So today, the master-planned community of Caliterra in Dripping Springs is sharing a few Do’s for your summer landscaping.
Plant Hot-Season Vegetables
Take advantage of the abundant heat and sunlight by planting heat-loving vegetables such as okra, sweet potatoes, chili peppers, cowpeas, yardlong beans and eggplant. The okra is fairly drought-resistant, and the sweet potatoes will help to keep pesky summertime weeds from growing.
Use Drought-Tolerant Plants
Since summer can sometimes mean very little to no rain, using plants that are low-maintenance and require little rain is ideal! This way you can maintain a beautiful lawn without having to water multiple times a day. However, you should make sure that the soil stays moist until the plants take off on their own.
Water with a purpose. Don’t just set a sprinkler outside. Take the water hose and directly soak the root-zone. Make sure the water is getting fully absorbed and isn’t running off or being evaporated. If the ground is really dry and hard, use a garden tool and gently break up the dirt to make sure the water will truly soak into the ground.
Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses
Give your lawn a pick-me-up from the sweltering summer heat by adding a bit of fertilizer. However, you don’t want to feed during the day if it’s over 90 degrees. Instead, wait until the sun is going down and the temperatures begin to drop to fertilize.
Plant Tropical Bulbs
Most of the plants in your garden will become semi-dormant and slow down in the heat. However, tropical plants like caladiums, elephant ears, cannas and gingers will only grow faster! Build a small rainforest in one area of your garden, or use tropical plants throughout your garden in combination with flowerbeds.
One of the keys to Caliterra living is being at home with nature. Use these summer landscaping dos’ to make your home’s landscape lush and vibrant all summer long. To learn more about the master-planned community of Caliterra in Dripping Springs, visit the Caliterra living website today!
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