With the approaching hot weather, the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) will defer some landscape maintenance to keep plants healthy. Landscape crews may not mow all areas because the grass is under stress from the heat, and mowing will cause further undue stress. The grass does not grow well when it is this hot, so the crews will mow after temperatures lower. Pruning will also not occur as pruning during high heat can damage plants.
Some plants will show signs of stress in these conditions. The plants will recover as temperatures lower. IHCA Landscape Manager Lyle Dickey is actively working to keep all community vegetation healthy during these hot temperatures.
Here are some tips from Lyle for your yard:
- Make sure your plants and grass get plenty of water. In these conditions, the best time to water is early morning or late at night when temperatures are cooler.
- Do not water vegetation during the hottest part of the day. It is a waste of water and can damage the plants and grass. At these extreme temperatures, water droplets on the foliage can be magnified by the sun and cause leaf scalding and turf tip browning. Although this will not permanently damage plants or turf, it will look unsightly and add more stress to the plant.
If you have questions, please contact the IHCA by phone at 425-427-9257 or by email.