Summer Landscaping

With August just around the corner, we wanted to gather some of our favorite articles for late summer. The end of summer brings a variety of different landscaping options and things to address. We usually tend to see heatwaves during the month of August, before heading into September to transition into fall. Below are our 5 favorite late summer articles to help you through the next couple of months.


Late Blooming Summer Perenials
Black Eyed Susan – A Michigan native late blooming summer perennial.


Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Plant Height: 3 – 18 feet

Plant Width: 3-18 feet

Light: Partial – Full Shade



Hydrangea are shade-loving plants that offer huge bouquets of clustered flowers. They are available in various arrangements and bloom from summer through fall. The different varieties of hydrangea differ in size, flower color, and blooming time. These plants thrive in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in partial to full shade.


  • Consider the location of you hydrangea prior to planting, you want to choose a spot where it can reach it’s full size without pruning. The averaged sized hydrangea will reach 4 ft x 4 ft.
  • Plant in well-drained soil, heavy soil can cause damage and you will want to add roughage (such as mulch).
  • Do not over water, over watering can lead to root rot.
  • Plant at the same depth the hydrangea was planted in the pot as you do not want to plant too deep.
  • The best time to plant is in early summer or late fall.
  • To transplant a hydrangea, do so when it has become dormant and no longer has any leaves (late fall or winter).
  • Do not plant under a tree as the root system from the tree’s are often to aggressive and are grown to the rich moist soil hydrangeas love.
  • If you are seeking blue hydrangea flowers, check the pH level of your soil it should be in the 5.2-5.5 range. If your soil’s level is above this level you can apply aluminum sulfate in the spring to lower it to the range needed. The change in flower color is a direct result of the higher aluminum content and lower pH level in the soil.
  • Do not trim or prune hydrangeas in the fall unless you are removing spent flowers. Most hydrangeas bloom on old stems and removing these can remove next years flowers. The pest time to prune a hydrangea is when new growth has begun, in which you should remove any dead branches. This could be very late Spring.
  • In Michigan hydrangeas will benefit from winter protection or sheltered placement. Without protection most hydrangeas will not survive the winter if placed in an open area.



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Relaxing backyard

When most people think of landscape design they think of the front yard. Most homeowners only think of their front yard when it comes to landscape design and often neglect their backyard. However, most families spend more time in their backyard then they do their front yard. Creating a beautiful backyard landscape is a great way to increase your homes value and get a beautiful outdoor space you and your family can enjoy.

When thinking about a backyard landscaping project consider how you spend your time outdoors. Do you love to entertain friends and family? Do you love relaxing and reading a good book or taking in the nature in your own backyard? Do you spend your days playing with your children? There are a variety of different lifestyles to take into consideration when creating a functional backyard for you and your family.

If you like to entertain guest a well maintained patio or deck should be a focal point of the project. If you have children, skip on the delicate flowers and opt for hardy ground cover and plants that can handle the occasional stray ball landing in them. If you enjoy nature consider using all native plants to attract local wildlife.

Outdoor lighting is another thing to consider when it comes to your backyard. A well lit backyard not only increases security around your home but can also extend an outdoor gathering, without worrying about guest and family getting injured in poor lighting. Outdoor lighting can be used to light decks, patios, walkways, play areas and more.

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Investing in a home irrigation system is a great way to save time, money, and water. Making this investment is a great way to add value to your home, that also offers many benefits. A home irrigation system ensures your yard and landscape is getting the proper amount of water needed, without over or under watering. Using an automated system is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to keep your lawn and landscape looking it’s best.

Today’s systems have advanced quite a bit from those of the past, and offer various features to ensure efficient watering. Things such as “smart” controls will automatically adjust watering based on rain, evaporation, soil moisture and plant water use. Each zone can also be individually scheduled to account for the different areas of your landscaping and needs of the plants in those areas. An efficient system will minimize over-watering, water evaporation and waste.

Benefits Of Home Irrigation Systems

  • SAVE TIME: Never worry about needing to stand around watering your plants or setting up sprinklers again. A home system will water on a set scheduled as needed.
  • SAVE WATER: A home system will water your plants with the correct amount of water every time, never under or over water again.  The system can also be adjusted in times of drought or heavy rain.
  • SAVE MONEY: A well planned efficient irrigation systems will help reduce your homes utility bill, while ensuring your lawn and landscape are getting the water they need.
  • PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT: Your landscaper is an important aspect of your homes value, so keeping it healthy is essential to your investment. Investing in an automated irrigation system will also increase the value of your home.


Please remember there is much more to a home irrigation system than just the sprinklers themselves. The overall system design, installation and maintenance are critical factors to the systems efficiency, performance and longevityThis is why it is essential to have a certified professional install your system. The irrigation experts at Berns Landscaping can help ensure your system is efficient for your yards individual needs. Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.