Summer Lawn and Garden Prep: Getting Ready for Florida’s Heat

With summer on the horizon in Florida, prepping your lawn and garden for the impending heat is crucial. The intense sun and frequent rain can take a toll on your outdoor spaces if they’re not properly cared for. A Cut Above Landscaping is here to offer expert advice and services to help you prepare your lawn and garden to thrive in Florida’s unique summer climate.

How to prep your residential outdoor spaces

Lawn Care and Maintenance

A healthy lawn begins with spring maintenance. Aerating your lawn can improve oxygen circulation, and applying a quality fertilizer tailored to Florida’s climate helps promote growth. Additionally, adjusting your mowing height can prevent your grass from scorching—taller blades provide shade for the roots and retain more moisture. Consistent mowing with sharp blades prevents stress on the grass, keeping it lush and green.

Irrigation System Check

Before the summer heat fully sets in, it’s vital to check your irrigation system for any issues. Ensuring your system covers all areas of your lawn and garden evenly prevents over or under-watering. Consider a smart irrigation system that adjusts watering based on rainfall and soil moisture, optimizing water usage and keeping your garden hydrated efficiently.


Mulch is your garden’s best friend during the hot summer months. Applying a fresh layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds and regulate soil temperature. Organic mulches also enrich the soil as they decompose. Aim for a 2-3 inch layer around plants, but avoid piling it against stems or trunks to prevent rot.

Plant Heat-Tolerant Varieties

Choosing plants that thrive in Florida’s heat is essential for a resilient summer garden. Native plants and heat-tolerant varieties are more likely to withstand temperature extremes and are generally more resistant to local pests and diseases. A Cut Above Landscaping can help select and install plants that will beautify your garden all summer long.

Pest and Disease Management

Summer’s warmth can bring about a surge in pests and diseases to your lawn and garden. Regular monitoring and early intervention are key. If you notice signs of stress or infestation, such as discoloration or chewed leaves, consult with our experts for effective treatment options that are safe for your garden and the environment.

Shade Solutions

Consider creating natural shade for more sensitive plants or areas of your lawn that struggle with intense sun. Strategic planting of trees or the installation of structures like pergolas can provide much-needed relief. Additionally, shade-tolerant plants can fill in under tree canopies where sunlight is scarce.

Regular Inspections and Adjustments

Throughout the summer, keep an eye on your lawn and garden’s health. Adjust watering schedules based on rainfall, and be prepared to trim any overgrown foliage to maintain healthy air circulation. Our professional team is always ready to assist with maintenance, advice, and any adjustments needed to keep your outdoor spaces in peak condition.

Summer lawn and garden preparation in Florida is about more than just maintaining appearances—it’s about creating a resilient, healthy outdoor environment that you and your family can enjoy all season long. With the right care, guided by the experts at A Cut Above Landscaping, your lawn and garden can become a lush, cool oasis amidst the heat. Ready to get started? Contact us today for all your summer landscaping needs.

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