No matter where a person is going to work on their summer landscaping, whether in the middle of a California drought or in the midwestern heat waves, there are important dos and don’ts that should be followed. Read about some of those dos and don’ts. If you are looking to sell or buy a home with a garden, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties at 310-373-0021 to learn more about how to do so.
Don’t: Plant Vegetables That Are Better Suited for Cooler Months
More and more homeowners are focusing on edible landscaping by planting fruit and veggie plants. If you plan to do so, make sure you are choosing the right season. Some of the tastiest veggies are much better attuned to cooler months, such as carrots, peas, and radishes. Foods that work better in hotter temps include okra, eggplant, sweet potatoes, yard long beans, and chili peppers.
Do: Choose Plants That Are Tolerant to Drought
Not just in California where there is often drought, plants that conserve water are popular throughout the country. Not only do they need little water, but they need little maintenance overall. All it takes is keeping the soil relatively moist and they will likely be good to go.
Don’t: Forget to Consider Your Future Abilities
Right now, you might be spending a lot of time at home due to the coronavirus. Your travel might be limited and you may have the option of staying home and tending to your garden. But will that all be true a year or two from now? You do not want to plan a work-intensive garden and then find that you do not have the time to keep it in shape a few years from now.
Do: Water Regularly
You want to give the plants the right amount of water. For some plants, that means a daily soak that penetrates all the soil. For succulents, this means less frequent – but still regular – watering. If you are not sure how much water your particular plants need, you can look it up online. A general rule of thumb is that if the dirt feels dry, it needs to be watered.
Don’t: Mow Too Closely
People who do not like to mow often think they have a solution in mowing their lawn as close to the ground as possible. They believe that since it is as short as possible, they will be granted extra time before another mow is required. They might be right – but at what cost? Cutting a lawn too short can make drought issues worse, result in patchy grass, and allow weeds and other plants with shallow roots to grow.
While we cannot offer you expert gardening services at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, we can help you find your perfect home that’s got plenty of room to grow. Call us now at 310-373-0021 to learn more.