It is time to start watering your landscape! Plants use twice as much water at 80 degrees as 70 degrees and four times as much water at 90 degrees as 70 degrees. Newly planted shade trees (planted within the last year) will show minor signs of stress like scorched leaf margins. This is normal for a first year tree. Regardless, the higher temps of summer make watering a necessity in maintaining healthy trees and shrubs.
It is also a good time to raise your mower cutting height. Due to the increased effects from heat and drought, turf can handle more stress when it is cut higher. By increasing your mower cutting height, you help the grass compete against possible weeds. Obviously, we want the grass to win that battle!