Although the Georgia weather is unpredictable, warmer days are here and it's time to focus on the great outdoors! Our Paulding County homes have beautiful outdoor living areas, perfect for finding relaxation in your own backyard. During the hot summer months especially, having established landscaping is important for the upkeep and aesthetic of your home and its outdoor areas. That's why we have compiled a list of the best tips to keep your yard and outdoor plants healthy and thriving through the heat of the summer!
Be Mindful of When You Water
Never water your plants at the hottest point in the day. This may seem unimportant, but you want to be sure that you are giving your plants the best chance to soak up all of the water that they can. If it's too hot, the water will evaporate before it can fully absorb into the soil and roots.
The best time to water your plants to ensure they retain water is during the morning hours. This prepares the plant for the sunny day ahead and allows time to dry. It's essential to provide your plants with plenty of opportunity to flourish!
Less is More
Although the heat may suggest your plants need more water than usual to stay hydrated, this is not the case. Instead, it's best to deeply water your plants at limited times throughout the day so they don't become over-watered.
Plants need both water and oxygen, and when you overwater, you are preventing the plant from absorbing the equal amounts of these elements that it needs for deep root growth.
Before watering, be sure to place your finger about two inches deep below the soil and only water the plant if the tip of your finger feels dry to the touch. Otherwise, wait to water the plant and repeat this check at a later time to ensure your plant maintains an adequate water supply.
Do Your Flower Research
We know that some of our homeowners love to surround their home with an array of flowers that would put the Atlanta Botanical Garden to shame. But some flowers can be just as dangerous to the environment as pesky weeds.
Stay away from invasive plants and flowers that may be potentially harmful to the environment, wildlife, pets or your family. Do some research before planting certain florals to guarantee the health and safety of your household. When selecting plants for your yard, it's best to find regionally native plants that typically grow in your area. Find plants native to our area here.
Give Your Yard Personality
Your outdoor areas are an extension of your home, and it should be a place that you enjoy spending time. No two families are the same, so why should your yard fit a cookie cutter mold? Every aspect of your home should feel like it belongs and functions for you, and this absolutely includes your landscaping!
Especially during this time of year when you have more opportunities to get outside, find a yard aesthetic that fits your unique style. When in doubt, do some online research or reach out to a local landscaping company to talk about your options.
With these tips, you can enjoy your yard to the fullest throughout the summer! Now that you're prepared, go outside and get to work! It may take patience and persistence, but these tips can help you create a healthy and functional yard that you'll love.
Find your new home within an Artisan Built community and transform your outdoor living area into a gorgeous haven where you can spend your summer! To learn more about Artisan Built Communities in Paulding County, contact us today.