If your leaves have started turning yellow, then it's clearly an indication from nature that summer is around the corner. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself. Despite the extreme heat, gardening in summer can also be as good and fun as it is in other seasons. However, that depends on what measures you take. If you are a garden owner, below are a few landscaping supplies you may need for smooth summer gardening.
These are plants that can survive with very minimal water consumption and that are ideal for extremely hot weather. For areas with full sun in your yard, you may want to plant creeping plants such as lavender or thyme. Other than creeping plants, you can also plant succulents like sedum. Such plants have a wide range of colours to suit your gardening needs. However, the best time to plant them is during fall so that they can establish themselves before heat sets in during spring and summer. In addition, you can also plant ornamental grasses, such as buffalo grass, to maintain the green of your landscape during summer.
This refers to a mixture of organic substances, such as manure, which is used for fertilizing soil. Compost is the perfect additive when xeriscaping (low-water landscaping). It provides the plants with important nutrients, and it assists in stabilizing the pH of the soil. Moreover, compost allows you to increase the acidity of the soil by complementing it with sulphur or decreasing it by complementing it with lime.
These rocks can be used for mulching and decoration. For decoration, you may want to place the rocks along your garden paths. Secondly, you can also embed some of the rocks on the garden wall for a more synchronized landscape appearance. Moreover, you may want to arrange the decorative rocks around permanent plantings, such as trees, for more design and beauty. In addition, these rocks can also be broken into small pieces and be placed on the soil for mulching purposes. They also reflect heat, thus keeping your ground cooler during summer.
You can find mulch in your own yard from fallen leaves or pine needles. Wood mulch not only acts as ground cover, but it also adds nutrients to the soil as it deteriorates. The cover of this mulch prevents direct heating of the ground, hence reducing evaporation rates. Moreover, mulch has fewer reflective properties than landscape rocks, and does not redirect light towards the plants' lower parts.