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Stressed About Your Shrubs in Scituate?

The drought’s been having a significant impact on landscapes here in Scituate and throughout Western Massachusetts. While many people have done what they could to keep lawns watered, trees and shrubs haven’t been as lucky. Drought stress in shrubs looks like curled leaves, dropped leaves, a yellow or bleached appearance, and other signs of distress. When a shrub is struggling with the impact of a drought, it is more vulnerable to damage from insects and diseases. The first remedy available to the homeowner is irrigation. Your Scituate lawn service can tell you that the best way to water shrubs is slowly, over a prolonged period. Letting the water soak in and penetrate to the shrub’s root system takes time: plan on devoting between 10-15 gallons of water per shrub twice per week to rehabiliate very stressed shrubs; if the shrub is not as stressed, you may be able to extend that watering schedule to once every five days. Don’t be afraid to prune your shrubs. During a significant drought, such as we’re having right now, cutting shrubs back by up to a third can make a meaningful reduction in the plant’s need for water and allow it to make the most of limited water. Remove dead and dying branches. Leave, as much as possible, the canopy of leaves at the top of the shrub in place. These provide valuable shade which keeps the remainder of the shrub for becoming scorched. If your shrub looks like it has died completely, have your Scituate lawn service prune it back so it’s only 6 inches tall or so. This technique, combined with...

Drought & The Hingham Lawn

We’ve had a long, dry summer. There was very little rain in June, July was very hot, and August combined both heat and dryness into a punishing summer scorcher for our lawns. Water is in short supply throughout our region, and some towns are actually in danger of running out of water for people to use in their homes. These drought conditions can be very tough on your lawn. Some varieties of grass, such as Bermuda, are tough enough to stand up to the heat and dry for a while, but they’re being put to the test by this prolonged drought. Other types of grass that aren’t as hardy just don’t stand a chance. So there you are, standing in your Hingham yard, looking at your scorched lawn, wondering what to do about the brown, crunchy grass and bare patches of earth. Step one is taking a deep breath. There are many things we can control in this world, but the amount of rain that falls from the sky is not one of them. The entire region is suffering with this weather, so if you’re worried about how your lawn compares to the rest of the neighborhood, rest assured, you’re not alone. Step two is to call your Hingham landscaping contractor. This year’s a done deal: the time is now to plan and plant for a better lawn next year. Here are some things you will want to talk to them about: determining if your grass is truly dead or just dormant. Dormant grass will come back to life when the rains return, while dead grass stays dead. If...