Late summer landscaping that wows
We’ve entered into the second half of summer. The days are slowly but surely getting a bit shorter, and the spring and early summer blooms may be fading away. However, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy your garden, and now is a great opportunity to get your exteriors in top shape for autumn, and beyond!
Read on to find out our top tips for gorgeous, late summer landscaping that is sure to inspire!
1. Weed your garden: Summer is the perfect climate for weeds to grow, and you’ll want to make sure that you don’t let these pests infringe on other plants or cause them harm. Spend an hour or two out in the garden tidying things up and you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make!
2. Clean and treat pathways and patios: Now’s the time to give your stone and concrete surfaces protection for the year ahead. Clean the area of dirt and grime (a pressure washer works great for this) and seal any cracks so they won’t get worse as time goes on. Our Fungicidal Wash will get your exterior walls, pathways, and patios looking like new. This special, easy-to-apply formula kills mould, algae and fungal growth. You can also use our Ready Mixed Masonry Filler to combat nicks and cracks to exterior masonry.
3. Deadhead spent blooms: According to thegardencontinuum.com, “Deadheading is a great late summer activity because it will extend the flowering season and reduce the self-seeding that will create weeds for you next year. It’s an amazingly effective tool to keep gardens looking well-tended and loved.” This task isn’t complicated and usually consists of detaching the spent flower heads from the rest of the plant to encourage new growth. For specifics, please see this useful article.
4. Add some late summer bloomers for colour and brightness: Gorgeous plants and flowers will greatly enhance the look of your landscaping and perk up your garden with their vitality. According to an article on Houzz, “Some plants come into their own at this time of year, and can easily be planted alone or woven into gaps in the borders.” So what types of flowers do they recommend? Purple Emperor and Japanese anemones along with “Helenium, Rudbeckia, Crocosmia, Monarda, penstemon, asters, phlox and gaura.”
5. Focus on your entryway: We know, we sound like a broken record continually going on about the importance of a stellar entryway. Your front door is likely the first thing visitors will see, and it certainly has a large impact when it comes to the overall look and feel of your exteriors. A fresh coat of paint (we recommend our wood and metal trim paints for long lasting and tough wearing protection) will work wonders on your entryway, and we also suggest landscaping with plants and flowers, whether bedded or in planters. For our full list of recommendations for a fabulous front entryway, see our recent blog here.
Who’s ready to make the most out of the remainder of the summer season? Call into your local Sandtex stockist to get started!
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