6 Ways to Bring Life to your Landscape for Summer

6 Ways to Bring Life to your Landscape for Summer
May 26, 2021 @ 11:35 am by Jordan Ardoin

For everything, there is a season, and the season for breathing new life into your landscape is now. With summer here, it's time to think about how your yard can dress to impress in the coming months.

Whether you're trying to catch potential renters' eyes with an attractive landscape, impress your summer party guests or attract clients to your business, these tips will have your lawn and garden looking their best. 

1. Nip it in the Bug

All the beautiful flowers and shrubs in the world won't do you any good if pests overrun your garden. Invaders like aphids, beetles, and caterpillars can quickly suck the life out of your prized plants and leave your once luscious landscape looking like a wasteland. The best move is to prevent pests in the first place whenever possible.

 

The Morton Arboretum (outside of Chicago) has lots of advice for preventing and exterminating garden pests common in Central Illinois. One tip? Remove dead plant matter and ground litter from your garden ASAP since weevils and other pests thrive off dead plants. Don't want to DIY?  CORE 3 can help with clean up.

 

Another chemical-free pest control method they suggest involves releasing beneficial nematodes into your garden at the start of the summer. The nematodes will kill off many different species of plant-killing bugs before you have an infestation on your hands. 

 

2. Put your Lawn on a Feeding Schedule

Better Homes & Gardens suggests you give your lawn its first "feeding" of organic fertilizer in early spring to promote lush growth throughout summer. Fertilizing brings life to your grass.

 

Apply another layer of fertilizer in the fall to help your lawn through the next winter.

3. Mulch

Mulch is a superfood for your property! Applying a fresh layer of mulch helps your plants stay hydrated, smothers weeds, and prevents some pests. It also keeps trees healthier and provides a nice border for your yard. If you want your garden looking its best and brightest even in the hottest days of summer, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do is add new mulch.

4. Paint with All the Colors of the Wind

 

Nothing brings vitality to your summer landscape like a bright, colorful flower bed. A well-maintained display with a kaleidoscope of blooms will immediately draw eyes to your property and boost your home's curb appeal.

 

Flower bed maintenance can be a breeze if you choose perennial flowers that naturally thrive in the climate and soil conditions of Central Illinois. Since perennial flowers bloom year after year, you won't have to plant new flowers next summer!

 

The University of Illinois has a helpful database of native perennials. Carpathian harebell, garden phlox, and maiden pink are some flowers UI recommends with colors that really pop.

5. Bring your Living Outdoors

Summer is the perfect time for fun in the sun, whether that means backyard family picnics or curling up with a good book. An outdoor living space, such as a patio or deck, will help you get the most out of your landscape this summer!

 

Outdoor living spaces give you a place to enjoy the summer weather without leaving the comfort of your home. They also increase property value. LawnStarter estimates that a new concrete patio in the Bloomington area would cost about $2,369 to install, and you can expect a high return on investment when you decide to sell your home.

6. Keep the Home Fires Burning


 

Cool nights often follow the sometimes unbearably hot days of summer. Spend those nights around a fire pit in your own backyard. A fire pit gives a landscape a rustic, mountain-home feel, and it's functional, too. Think of roasting marshmallows with the kids or snuggling up beside the fire with your special someone.

 

The best way to bring life to your landscape is to LIVE in it! What could you do to your landscape that would make you want to spend more time out in the yard? Odds are, whatever helps you enjoy your landscape will also boost curb appeal, impress the neighbors, and appeal to new renters or buyers.

 

Core 3 can help your commercial or residential landscape thrive all summer and throughout the rest of the year! Check out the landscaping and snow removal services we offer to keep your yard looking its best all the time.

 

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