August in Georgia can be sweltering and difficult to keep your lawns and landscaping maintained. However, there are ways to mitigate the damage to your lawn and plants, as well as prepare for the fall months ahead. To get the most from your landscaping this August, here are some tips to help your lawn and gardens flourish.
Lawn Care in August
By the time August arrives, lawns in Georgia have had their fill of sunshine. Even drought-resistant grasses begin to become dry and brown. Since the grass is already stressed from the heat, there are ways to help it survive the last several weeks of higher temperatures. Here are some lawn care tips to protect your turf in August:
- Raise your lawnmower deck to about 3-4 inches. Taller grass has deeper roots and it can help keep out the weeds.
- Check the blade on your lawnmower and make sure it is sharp. A dull blade causing more stress to your grass.
- Mow your lawn at the coolest time of day, usually early morning, or on the coolest day of the week.
- Water your lawn in one session, not throughout the day. The best time is early morning – give it a good soak and then turn off the water.
- Keep an eye out for signs of turf pests or disease. Hot weather puts grass at risk for invasive insects and disease – if your grass looks sick, contact us at Lanier Yardscapes for treatment.
With the right care, your lawn can survive the last of the extreme temperatures and be ready for more TLC in the fall.
August Landscaping Tips
In your flower and vegetable gardens, you will want to ensure your plants are getting enough water and the soil is protected. Like your lawn, you will want to water in the morning and check your gardens in the evening to see if more moisture is needed. If you have landscape beds, make sure there is enough mulch. Mulch helps insulate the soil and keeps in moisture. Most mulch should be 3-4 inches in depth for the best protection.
In late August, it is time to consider planting your fall plants. In the vegetable garden, this can include planting seeds for spinach, lettuce, beets, and turnips, as well as putting out collard, broccoli, and cauliflower starts. In your flower garden, now is a good time to thin your spring flowers like irises and lilies. Remove non-producing plants and move healthy roots to another area for better blooms next spring.
Peachtree City Landscaping Professionals
If you do not have the time to care for your lawn or landscaping this August, give us a call at Lanier Yardscapes. We offer professional lawn care and landscaping services for our customers in Peachtree City, Fayetteville, and surrounding cities in Georgia. Call us today for a free quote on our services.
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