We all know water is one of the main sources of life—what would Milwaukee landscaping be without it?

But there’s more to it than that. For all you science geeks out there, water is also the universal solvent. What does that mean? Well, it means that more things dissolve in water than any other liquid.

Water also forms into drops—a thing called capillary action. When we combine the drop-forming action of water with its ability to dissolve minerals and fertilizes, we get plants that have the ability to absorb food through their leaves.

Pretty interesting stuff. For more nerdy factoids or to set an appointment, dial 414-483-0299.

It’s been a hot summer! With the exception of a few rainy—very rainy—days, Milwaukee hasn’t seen too many occasions where sprinklers and water cans weren’t necessary. Keep your plants, flowers and grass in healthy working order by watering on a set schedule.

If you see your leaves start to have a “burned” or “scorched” look, it’s from one of two reasons: improper watering or improper fertilization. Since both over watering and under watering can damage plant leaves, the best solution is to water deeply and infrequently. This allows oxygen in the soil, washes salts away and encourages deep rooting.

For most trees and shrubs older than three years, water deeply once every seven to 10 days (Run your drip system one to three hours to soak the root zone). Newer plants may need water twice as often until established. Add a layer of surface mulch 2- to 4-inches thick to conserve water between waterings and cool and enrich the soil.

Make sure you have the right fertilizer both for your specific plants and for the time of year. Some fertilizers release much faster in hot weather, increasing the potential for damage. Follow package directions exactly and err on the conservative side. Then, irrigate well to move nutrients to the soil.