Summer Landscape Care Tips for Minneapolis Residents: How to Keep Your Lawn Looking Great

08aug01a1a14Sure it’s summertime; you’d like to be able to relax and not have lots of chores to take care of in your free time.  If you’re like many of us, the temptation to sit in the shade and enjoy the great outdoors rather than getting out the lawnmower can sometimes be overwhelming.  But if you let your yard sit without care, you will find that your lawn will be ruined.

While the warm weather gives us lots of opportunities to be outdoors, summer also brings weeds, moles, insects and many other pests and can destroy a yard if not tended too. So what can you do to prevent your yard from going down? Take these tips and make sure to keep your yard green, lush and inviting throughout the entire summer.

Properly Watering Your Grass

There are three main things that lawns need in order to flourish – sun, water and soil. During the warmer summer months, your lawn will get a lot of rich soil and sun so it is your job to do the watering. Placing a sprinkler system in the yard that is on a timer can ensure that you have the right amount of water. If you do not have the option for one of these systems then you will have to manually water it. Water them in the morning before the heat comes every day and this should be enough to keep them looking their best.

Pests That Can Invade Your Lawn

It is normal to have rodents and insects come into your lawn, but a pest invasion can also be something that is rather annoying. In order to keep your lawn looking its best, you need to get rid of these pests. However, keeping some of them can be a good thing, so try not to overdo it – some of those ‘pests’ can actually be keeping others at bay.  For insect problems, using a mild insecticide throughout the lawn in the summer is an easy way to get rid of this. without runining your grass.  If you have a larger rodent problem other than an occasional field mouse or ground squirrel, then you should consider speaking with someone that can eradicate these pests from your yard. Using traps might be your first response, but that only deals with the situation temporarily and is not a permanent fix.

Attack Crabgrass and Weeds

Removing both crabgrass and weeds from your lawn is something can be hard to do, since you can actually kill the grass around these if you’re not careful. If you’re hand-picking them out, make sure you remove the entire weed and root.   (There are hand tools available that can help you dig down and lift the weed out from the root base.) Herbicides and weed killers are ideal in areas where you’re not concerned about overspray on the grass, such as between paving stones, around edging, etc.  Make sure to spray only the areas where you want the weeds gone. You can end up killing some of the grass if you’re not careful where it is being sprayed.

If all this work sounds like it’s cutting into your summer, give us a call here at Architectural Landscape Design. We are able to provide you with the help that you need, or we can design a landscape plan for you that includes lots of low-maintenance options. Not only that, but we can make sure to boost the appearance of your lawn and entire landscape when we come in. We are a licensed MN landscape contractor that is able to take on the job. Check out some of the previous work we’ve done on our Pinterest boards and decide for yourself.