In June & July, Alabama experiences the height of summer with hot temperatures and prolonged sunlight. Here are some relevant landscape tips for Alabama in June & July:

 

1. Watering: With the peak of summer heat, it’s crucial to water plants deeply and consistently. Early morning or late evening is the best time to water to minimize evaporation. Focus on providing adequate moisture to both established and newly planted vegetation.

 

2. Heat-Tolerant Plants: Opt for plants that thrive in high temperatures and are well-suited to Alabama’s summer conditions. Consider varieties like verbena, lantana, and echinacea for vibrant colors and resilience in the heat.

 

3. Mulching: Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to conserve soil moisture, reduce weed competition, and insulate roots from extreme temperatures. Mulching is particularly important during the hot summer months.

 

4. Lawn Care: Continue adjusting your lawn care routine to the summer season. Raise the mower height to provide shade to the soil, and water lawns deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth.

 

5. Pruning: Minimize pruning activities during the hottest part of the summer. Focus on removing dead or damaged branches and shaping plants if necessary. Avoid heavy pruning that may stress plants.

 

6. Fertilizing: If needed, apply a slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy growth. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as excessive nutrients can lead to issues during the intense summer heat.

 

7. Pest Management: Regularly inspect plants for signs of pests, such as spider mites, bag worms and aphids. Use eco-friendly pest control methods to keep infestations in check, we carry several high-quality options. Healthy plants are more resistant to pests and diseases.

 

8. Shade Planning: Enhance shaded areas in your garden by incorporating additional structures like pergolas, shade trees, or strategically placed umbrellas. Create comfortable outdoor spaces to escape the direct sun.

 

9. Container Gardens: Monitor container gardens closely, as they can dry out more quickly in the summer heat. Water potted plants thoroughly and consider moving containers to shaded areas during the hottest part of the day.

 

Landscapes require careful attention for plant needs in the face of intense summer heat. By following these tips, you can help your landscape thrive and maintain its health throughout the peak of summer in Alabama.