Summer Snapshot: What's happening in your region?
Find out what our crews have seen and done around the country—challenges as a result of weather, what to expect for your landscape this season and recommendations for what lies ahead.
Mid-Atlantic Summer Report
The Mid-Atlantic region had a late start to spring, with colder than normal temperatures early in the season. The delayed mowing season freed up time to complete many of the spring landscape tasks such as mulching and spring planting, for a timely beginning to the summer landscape season.
Also, now is a great time to re-seed turf areas since the seed germinates well with autumn’s warm days, cool nights, and moist soil.
- Annual Flower Bed Fertilization and Watering
- Shrub Pruning
- Landscape Renovation
- Broadleaf Weed Treatments in Turf Areas
This summer is predicted to be drier than in the last couple of years. We are taking extra care to make sure all irrigation systems are running properly. Proper watering of annual flowers is essential to get them through the summer. We will also be monitoring trees, shrubs, and turf closely and watering as needed.
Send your questions or comments to John.Wright@davey.com
Florida Summer Report
The Florida region experienced a topsy-turvy spring, with February being the hottest on record, followed by two frosts in March. Many properties suffered extensive freeze damage on cold-sensitive plant material, and we worked with property owners to decide whether to prune heavily or replace them. We also had a very dry early spring—another stressor on plant material.
- Replacement of Frost-Damaged Plants
- Summer Annual Planting
- Hardwood Pruning to Proactively Minimize Storm Damage
- Irrigation Maintenance
Dry spring conditions put turf areas under stress, which can lead to problems with insects. We will be staying on top of turf care as well as irrigation maintenance throughout the summer, especially if the weather trends towards drought.
Send your questions or comments to Jason.Bassler@davey.com
Midwest Summer Report
Spring started out cooler than normal in the Midwest, which gave us time to get the usual spring tasks done before mowing season. By now most of the annual flowers and mulch are in place, but some property owners may want to consider renovating their beds or enlarging them for more color.
- Irrigation System Monitoring and Maintenance
- Shrub Pruning
- Turf Care, including Fertilization and Weed Control
Renovations will be a major focus for many of our customers this year, including patios and paths. Hardscape renovation can be as simple as re-laying patio stones for a cleaner look, to a more complex expansion project. Now is also a good time to start planning for fall, including seasonal color changes in the annual beds and fall tree planting.
Send your questions or comments to Greg.Myers@davey.com
Government Projects Summer Report
A cooler spring gave us time to get the usual spring tasks done before mowing season this year. However, southern regions lost a lot of plant material due to freezing weather. By now most of the annual flowers and mulch are in place, but some property owners may want to consider renovating their beds or enlarging them for more color.
- Establishing New Plant Installations
- Annual Condition Assessment Tours
- Irrigation and Wildfire Prevention
Summer thunderstorm season is upon us. We will be evaluating the severity of upcoming storms for lightning safety, and actively monitoring radar and communicating site conditions and crew availability for all of the properties we service.
Moving into summer, we will also be applying turf fertilization, actively monitoring for insect activity and taking any necessary insect control measures and changing out annual bedding plants for heat tolerant selections.