Summertime Entertaining Preparation


Warm weather is here along with reasons to celebrate. Graduations, Independence Day, family reunions, block parties, weddings, you name it! Parties are happening in backyards everywhere. Below, we at VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Saratoga Springs, will help you know what you need to do to get your lawn ready for the celebrations so you can feel at ease (at least about your lawn).


Perhaps the most obvious preparation for your party is to mow your lawn. But there are a few tips that can help your lawn endure the extra traffic. As always, mow your grass to about 3 inches high. Also, mow about 5 days before the party. This makes sure your lawn isn’t too short, which would result in damage. Also, mowing earlier will help prevent guests from green shoes and hemlines.


Another very important question you might have is: When should I water? This doesn’t have a completely straightforward answer because the weather and soil type, as well as your grass variety and health can vary greatly. But, as a generalization, water well in the weeks leading up to your party and then stop watering for a few days before the date arrives. Watering too close to your party could result in muddy areas, chair and table legs sinking, and extra soil compaction. Plan to shut water off for a minimum of two days before the event.

Pruning and Grooming

Pruning can be done well in advance or just prior to your event. It can be hired out to save you time and effort or if your are confident in your knowledge of your trees, shrubs, and flowers, you can tackle this job yourself. It is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your landscape.

Grooming of your walkways and flowerbeds should be done the day of your party. Doing this earlier could be a waste. Wind could easily undo all of your effort. A simply sweeping or spraying will add the finishing touch to your landscape’s groomed appearance.

Fertilizer and Pesticides

These should not be applied too near the party. Doing so could cause harm to children or pets that may come in contact with the chemicals. Also, you won’t see any benefits of applying fertilizer for weeks. Pesticides should be applied a few days in advance to insure the pests are killed but the chemicals have a chance to dissipate.


These tips will help your landscape look its best for your entertaining. You will also feel prepared and confident when having guests over. And if you need some help, call us at VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Saratoga Springs, Utah at 801-367-9961 to assist in your lawn care needs!

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