The heat is already here and the official day for summer is right around the corner! We reached out to our landscaper Tim Guimont, from Tim’s Landscaping, for some helpful tips and information to share. Check these out!
- Compost is the best fertilizer for your small trees and shrubs. It encourages more even growth than chemical fertilizer and lasts longer as well. Pull away any mulch from the base of the tree or shrub and place a ring of compost around the plant. For shrubs, make a ring that is the same circumference as the outer foliage of the plant, about 2-3” thick. Favorite compost to use? Marks Mix! You can find this mix at Indiana Mulch and Stone off of Pendleton Pike.
- Make sure your lawn gets about an inch of water per week for optimal turf health during the hot summer. Avoid watering during the heat of the day. It’s best to water early in the morning before sunrise. Water your lawn deep once or twice per week if you don’t have a sprinkler system.
- For the most common turf species in our area, it’s best to cut your lawn on a higher setting during the hot summer months. This helps to retain moisture in the soil and keeps your lawn green during dry spells.
- If you’re looking for low maintenance annual flowers, try vinca. These are the purple, red, pink, and white flowers planted at all of our Geist Harbours entrances. They are drought resistant so you won’t have to water them as much and deer and rabbits don’t eat them. Feed with miracle grow every 7-14 days for colorful blooms until October.