5 Tips For A Green Summer Lawn and Garden

Gardeners, summer has arrived! Whether you crave or wilt in the summer heat, know that the dry hot months of June, July, and August can be hard on your lawn and garden. Don't let all your spring gardening efforts go to waste. We want to be wise about how we use water, but if we don't water some our gardens and lawns might well be brown or dead before long. The experts at Nutri-Lawn Burlington Irrigation can help.

5 Tips For A Green Summer Lawn and Garden

Water Wisely

Sporadic frequent watering that only wets the surface soil isn't efficient or particularly helpful most of the time. Avoid waiting until your lawn goes brown before watering. Allowing your lawn to go dormant and then reviving it only to let it go brown again is extremely stressful for the plants. At one point, the lawn may not bounce back.

The First Indicator Plant

Some plants will wilt faster than others when they lack sufficient water. They're a canary in a coal mine kind of plant. These are the plants to watch in the garden as a first indicator that you need to water (cucumber, melon, squash are good ones to watch). If the "canary" in your garden doesn't recover in the evening, know that it's time to water. If you walk across your grass and leave footprints behind, that's grass wilting.

Water Deep

In order to have plants thrive and survive our extreme weather, plants need deep roots. The best way to encourage deep roots is to water deeper in the soil so the moisture reaches the roots. This also eliminates the fear of mold, fungus or other plant diseases caused when water sits on leaves - especially overnight. If you are watering with above ground sprinklers, set the timer to water first thing so the excess moisture on the leaves evaporates. Plants in containers (especially patio-sized containers) need more water more frequently. The pots and soil heat up faster so the moisture needs to be replaced more often. Avoid having your tomatoes split by keeping the soil consistently moist.


Mulch is a gardener's best friend. Not only does the mulch help keep weeds at bay, it also keeps the moisture in the soil longer meaning you won't have to water as often. Obviously, you can't mulch your lawn, but a thick lawn has the same affect. Bare spots in your lawn lose moisture much faster.

Know Your Plants And Soil Types

Grass, bushes, vegetable plants, these all need different amounts of water. Nutri-Lawn Burlington Irrigation can take the guess work out of when and how much to water and automate the process so you don't have to worry about it anymore.

Because grass needs more water (because of shallower roots) than a bush. Garden vegetables can get by being watered once a week often, but container plants need water every day nearly.

The soil also can impact how much or how often watering is needed. Soil with a lot of clay will absorb water better when small amounts are delivered frequently. This prevents run off and waste.

The sprinkler system experts at Nutri-Lawn Burlington Irrigation can help you take the guess work out of residential and commercial irrigation projects and and offer the major brands with professional expertise. Contact us today for your complimentary quote.