Tips To Keep Your Landscape Green

Tips To Keep Your Landscape Green – Maintaining rich green landscapes, especially during the dry months of summer, can be a challenge. Good organic practice is at the heart of keeping things green and thriving. It requires planning, good soil with proper amendments, and careful mowing and pruning. Here’s a collection of suggestions for keeping your landscaping green all growing season long.

Landscape
Watering your landscape efficiently means both keeping your plants at their best while conserving water. Consider drip irrigation which is shown to be 90% -95% effective in delivering water ( as opposed to 70% for sprinklers). Or try hand watering with a hose or a watering can (use good lifting mechanics), a practice that brings you closer to your plants and a great way to spot pests and disease as you water.

Herbs, many of which originated in dry Mediterranean climate add greenery and blossom color, without using much water.

Regular additions of compost help your soil’s water retention capabilities while adding valuable microbes that help plants utilize. Use organic fertilizers as necessary to make sure plants have the macro- and micro-nutrients they need to survive hot dry spells.

Mulch your landscape plants. Mulch helps keep the soil cool and retain water. It also encourages worms, microbes and the other organisms that keep soil healthy. As it decays, it adds organic material back to the earth.

Lawns
Choose grass types best suited to your growing conditions. Talk to neighbors, nursery people, garden clubs, extension services and sod layers for advice on which grasses do best in your area.

Fertilize –  Feed your lawn every four to six weeks. Use an organic fertilizer designed to deliver the nitrogen that grasses need to stay green. Fertilizing your lawn helps ensure vigorous, healthy rooting. This allows your grass to make the best use of the water it gets and prevents browning.

Follow recommendations for early morning or evening watering to limit sun and wind evaporation. Always keep abreast of local watering restrictions, especially in areas with a history of drought, that may include days, times and frequency of watering or ban it all together.

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