Summer Landscaping with Synthetic Turf

Summer Landscaping with Synthetic Turf

Using a combination of native plants, creative water management methods and synthetic turf is a great strategy for maintaining a little color during the challenges of the summer growing season.

Native Plants

Trees, brush, grasses and foliage which grow naturally in your existing landscape are ideally suited to weather every season. If you’re in an area which is plagued by hot dry summers like Australia, you can relax a little knowing that the native flora here is already equipped to handle the harsh climate.

One easy way to decide how to plan out your summer garden is by keeping a small calendar in your car while you’re driving around. When you notice pretty wild blooms or plants which catch your eye, jot them in your calendar. Since plants come into fruit and flower at all different times of year, by staggering the blooming seasons of your garden plants, you’ll be able to ensure year-round color. Before planting, simply check your calendar to see which plant blooms when. If you’re not sure of names, take photos instead and bring them with you to the nursery. Any local nursery worth its salt will be able to provide identification and find some to take home for your very own.

Water Management

Careful mulching combined with an effective drip irrigation system is the best way to baby plants through the hot summers. Mulch is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect both your garden and your garden soil.  Fine mulches should not be applied too thickly, as they can become packed and then prevent water from reaching thirsty roots. Bulkier mulches can be laid down more heavily.

Mulching over dry soil will accomplish very little, however, so be sure to aerate any packed areas in order to let ample water in. Once the soil is moist, add your mulch over the top to retain the moisture. In general, summer soil should be regularly hoed in order to allow for better water penetration. Loose soil works a bit like its own mulch, holding the water much better than hard-packed ground will.  Regular hoeing will also kill weeds faster by exposing tender roots to the harsh sunlight.

Specifically for Summer

There are some garden challenges which become more pronounced in summer. One example is potassium deficiency. Although this may affect any plant at any time, the effects are more widespread during warmer months. Applying a solution of soluble potash to the affected roots will help alleviate the problem.

Pests become more troublesome in warm months as well, and plants which are already stressed by the heat are more susceptible. Swellings in young shoots can indicate a problem. Trees and plants with affected branches will have to be pruned back. Remember not to use the trimmings as mulch or place it in your compost, however, because it will infect the rest of your garden.

Summer fertilizing methods change as well. Plants do better in warmer months if they’re fed small meals more often. Again, a stressed plant will have problems if it is overwatered or over-fertilized. One way to prevent complications is by using a water-soluble fertilizer so the plants are being fed and watered all at the same time.

Including Synthetics

Finally, the use of artificial grass in the summers can greatly reduce the amount of maintenance you need to spend on your lawn, not to mention water usage. An artificial lawn will stay bright and green regardless of heat, drought or pests. It’s also safe for kids and pets, and ideal for the at-home golfer. Including synthetic turf as part of your summer landscape along with native plants and creative watering management will ensure an attractive garden in hot months with a minimum of fuss.

Author Bio:

Andrew Sullivan is the owner of Andyman Synthetic Turf Sunshine Coast. Serving both residential and commercial sectors, the company has helped hundreds of properties achieve independence from governing natural lawns. Owned and operated by Australians, the company is proud to offer recycled Australian-made synthetic grass installation customers rave about.


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    Comment by Artificial Grass: Aug 31, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Landscaping projects involve beautiful plants and trees but authentic grass tends to grow slowly, especially with water droughts and restrictions. Artificial grass is a great solution to this problem. Watering grass won’t be so costly and homeowners can see their water bills cut drastically.

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    Comment by John Demello: Oct 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I totally agree with the above comment. There are many benefit of using artificial turf instead of natural grass and the maintenance is also reduced.

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