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It was a dark and stormy night

Just when we thought Spring was coming along, crazy weather hits.

When you know a storm is coming along, here are some things you should do to “batten down the hatches” and protect your landscape.

1. Protecting your lawn:  As pointed out in a previous post, your lawn can usually survive for up to four days under water, so it should be okay when an extreme rain comes along. An additional preparatory tip you can make sure you use is always keep your lawn well-fertilized and create a drought tolerant lawn.

2. Protect your furniture: Make sure to bring any cushions and so on in-doors and ensure your furniture is covered. You can do this by placing tarps over the furniture (as long as you have them securely fastened down) or by dragging your deck furniture into the garage.

3. Protect from debris: There is truly only so much you can do in this light, but if you know there will be a big storm with lots of wind and rain, try to cut off anything dead from your plants, as well as pick up any loose trash and such in your yard. If you set a good example in this, you can encourage your neighbors to do the same and prevent debris from landing in your yard, and in the sewer system.

4. Protect your potted plants: Lots of wind and rain can flood and topple potted plants. Move them to a sheltered location such as a covered patio or your garage. If they are far to heavy to move, make sure the pot is securely positioned against toppling over.

5. Keep an eye out for any area in your yard that floods: If you encounter lots of flooding and not enough drainage in your yard, you can always consult a professional landscaper to solve your issues.

Here’s hoping your “dark and stormy nights” begin and end with you warm and safe.

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Trees and the Heat

As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s been pretty darn hot. Lawns are drying up, sprinkler water is partially evaporating before hitting the ground and air conditioners are going full blast.

So, what does this mean for your trees?

It can be hard to tell how your tree is doing when it comes to moisture. Cheaper moisture meters aren’t very accurate and there’s no way to tell by just looking at the soil if it’s too dry. The best way to ensure your tree is doing ok moisture-wise (without waiting for the leaves to wilt) is to dig up some of the soil with a trowel or use a metal rod. You can insert the rod into the soil. If there is an unusual amount of resistance, this can indicate a lack of moisture.

Another way to ensure your tree actually receiving enough water is to water it at low pressure. Some people blast the leaves, trunk or soil for a few seconds and expect that to be sufficient. A better action is to set the hose on low and allow the water to soak the soil for a few minutes. This will allow the water to sink through the soil and get into the root system.

Finally, keep an eye out for disease or dead leaves and nip them in the bud by pruning them back. Note that summer pruning is a tricky business – you do not want to cut the tree back like you would in winter when it’s dormant. You just want to trim off the diseased or dead areas and that is literally it. So, don’t go hog-wild and hire a professional if you’re unsure about what to do.

Check out this website for awesome landscaping tips and info on summer care of your yard.

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