Jun 11 2017
Last year’s drought conditions were rough on local lawns. Luckily, this spring brought a good amount of rain to Western Massachusetts. We certainly hope that continues but don’t want anyone to worry, there are smart irrigation systems available if the skies stay clear! That being said, it’s time to look ahead. Here’s what you can be doing now to help your yard recover its vibrant beauty:
Inspect Ornamental Trees and Shrubs Critically. At this point in the season, ornamental trees and shrubs should have leaves – some varieties, including lilacs and rhododendrons, may have already flowered. Any ornamental tree or shrub that looks like a bunch of dead, dry sticks is not going to recover. It’s time to talk with your Barnstable lawn service about replacement. Choose drought-resistant, hardy varieties for the best results: you’re not obligated to replace what you had with the same exact thing. Many local families are choosing dwarf fruit trees and berry bushes as part of the edible landscaping trend.
Check The Lawn for Bare Patches & Crunchy Grass. Last year, walking through some local lawns sounded like you were stepping on potato chips. But your lawn shouldn’t sound like that now. If it does, grasses that went dormant may not have returned to life this spring. Grass can also fail to grow due to heavy traffic and compacted soil. There’s still time to talk to your Barnstable lawn service about having the lawn reseeded or sod installed so you can enjoy a vibrant green lawn this summer.
Think Through Your Irrigation Plan. It’s a good idea to understand how much water your lawn needs to thrive. Your lawn service can help you determine this if you’re not sure. Creating an irrigation plan is a combination of choosing drought resistant and hardy plant varieties that can thrive in even minimally moist environments and choosing a smart irrigation system to provide for everything else in a planet friendly way.