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Summer Spruce

Like the seasons of the year, your yard has distinct seasons of landscape maintenance.

Sometime during August, you’ll notice the beds need touch ups, the weeds creeping up, and the lawn succumbing to lack of rain.

It’s time for a summer spruce up.


During the latter part of the summer, raise your mower blades ½ inch higher. Taller grass holds up to heat and drought better. And keep the clippings on the lawn to serve as a barrier.

If you are not under town restrictions, water the lawn in the morning giving it a good soaking. Deep and infrequent watering is better for lawns than frequent sprinkles, which promote shallow root growth. In general, lawns need about 1 inch of water per week. But save fertilizing until fall.

Beds, boxes, and planters

By now your early bloomers from spring have begun to fade. Take time to replace annuals with

some fresh pops of color using sun-loving annuals such as zinnias, calibrachoas, petunias, geraniums, and coleus.

Then get to work weeding. Weeds can crowd out your flowers and foliage and steal nutrients. The best approach is just to pull them out by hand. Bonus: it’s an organic approach.  You can also fight weeds with a layer of mulch.

Speaking of mulch, it is not unusual for your beds to start to look run down by the summer heat. Add a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch, increase to 3-inches as you get closer to the edge. As mentioned above, not only is it a weed preventative, but it will keep your plants healthy and hydrated.

Boxes and planters need daily attention. As with most containers, you will need to water at least once a day. To help with this, consider hiring a professional, an automatic watering system, or put your boxes under windows that open so you can water them without leaving the house.

Vegetable gardens

By late summer, monthly fertilization has your vegetable gardens at their peaks. Do a quick cleaning in your garden beds. Rake up debris, pull up dead or unhealthy plants and fill up any holes in your garden beds and be on alert for insects and diseases

From a seasonal refresh to a complete garden overhaul, REMAX Rising Tide Realty

Property Management Team will help you handle landscaping projects of all sizes.

Whether you are selling your seacoast home or preparing it for rent, a summer spruce will enhance your curb appeal and ultimately your ROI.

REMAX Rising Tide Realty property management team can help you arrange for routine lawn care, pruning, flower bed updating, or special projects for your seasonal or long-term rental.

And don’t forget, winter is just a few short months away. After you finish your summer spruce, consider contacting our office now to arrange for fall leaf clean up and securing plowing services.

To learn more, please email Property Manager, Anthony Sillitta at or visit


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