Beat a Warm Summer Dry Scenes and an Absence of Protection

If you like a warm summer, you should be happy with the weather we got! I love the heat, so I’m not complaining, but it can be a little too hot — even for me.

Due to the sun and lack of rain, lawns dry out quite a bit.

The good news is that grass is really resilient. Although it looks crispy like toast, it comes back as soon as it’s hydrated.

(Your annuals and perennials are a different story.)

Although grass is resilient, it is so important to remember to water it regularly; especially after fertilizer applications.

The grains won’t fertilize your lawn if they can’t get to the roots of the grass. In fact, they may do more harm than good if baked in the sun.

Trees are less obvious, but they also need some love.

Even trees that were planted 30 years ago still need watering if nature does not cooperate.

If you look up and notice that some branches are dead, that’s not a sign of a healthy tree. My father explained that to me years ago and I still say it now.

A dead tree is also an unsafe tree.

How to better enjoy time at home this summer

We will all spend a little more time at home this summer. Chances are that your neighbors are also home more often and you may be looking for extra privacy.

Here are a few solutions that will give you a little more personal space while enjoying the outdoors:

“Live” screens

Plant a hedge of Cedars, hornbeams, columnar Oaks or lilacs along the fence and between the houses.

Be sure to prune early and often. If you start early, you’ll enjoy the privacy you get from your green screens.

Wooden screens

A quality custom screen can be a bit of an investment, but it’s well worth it. Depending on the design, it can be left alone, accented with lighting, planted with baskets or have climbing plants to mix and contrast the color.


Taking your focus away from the noise of voices and chatter of neighbors is easier when your ears have something else to listen to. As an added bonus, some windgongs create beautiful music that can clear your mind.

Now is a good time to look carefully around your property and gather your thoughts on future projects that will make your time outdoors even better.

While looking at your garden and wondering if you have enough privacy, color and space for your table and seats.

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