Common Questions About Summer Landscapes In Maryland

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Answers About Summer Landscapes In Maryland

Landscapes in Maryland take a little extra abuse than ones in other parts of the country. Hot and humid summers along with dense clay soil means that our landscapes require a little extra TLC. The following are answers to some of the most asked questions from our customers.

Landscapes in MarylandHow often should I water my lawn?

Watering a lawn is important for the grass plants that make it up to thrive, but just as important is watering your lawn correctly. Once the hot, dry season hits, lawns need to be watered about 2-3 times per week, even if it rains a little. If it rains a lot, back off to accommodate.

For information on how to water a lawn correctly, visit our blog 7 Things To Know About Water Your Lawn

What about watering my flower pots?

Flower pots are a special case when it comes to water requirements. Unlike plants that are in garden beds, plants that are in pots are fairly exposed to the elements. Additionally, most soil medias used in potted gardens are designed to drain well. Because of both of these factors, plants in pots dry out very fast. Water flower pots daily. It is recommended to water them until water seeps out the bottom of the pot. Also, make sure you are watering the root system, which actually takes up the water for the plant. Leaves do not absorb water.

What should I do about my spring bulbs?

Your daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs looked fantastic in the spring. Now what is left is bunches of foliage that is slumping over and making your garden look sloppy. Unfortunately, these leaves play an important role in creating energy for the bulb to use next year. Patience is key here. Wait until the leaves turn brown before cutting them off.

How should I handle my perennials that look overcrowded?

What a joy it is to see full grown perennials, until they are overgrown. Now your garden looks unruly. Good news! Most perennials can be divided which means you will have a less crowded garden and additional perennials to plant elsewhere or to give to friends as gifts. Perennials such as daylilies, hostas, helleborus and peonies all divide well. Dividing perennials is a simple task.

To find out how to divide perennials, see our blog post How To Divide Perennials

When should I prune Azaleas?

Azaleas are a spring blooming shrub. This means that they begin developing flower buds for the following year soon after they complete blooming. Having said that, there is about an eight week window in which it is safe to prune azaleas without risking next year’s blooms. Generally, that means that azaleas can be prune into early August. Of course, if you do not mind missing the flowers next season, they can be pruned at any time.

When should I apply lime to my lawn?

Lime is used to help adjust soil pH into a range (6.0 – 6.5) that turf grass can best utilize available nutrients. This is necessary because our soils are naturally acidic and sometimes go below the acceptable pH range. Lime is not a pesticide nor is it a fertilizer, so it does not cause growth that could be damaged by drought or heat. Therefore, it is safe to apply lime any time of the year when the ground is not frozen. Always have a soil test done before applying lime so the correct amount can be applied.


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