July Garden Tips
Check out the following July gardening tips!
- Remove faded flowers from perennials after they finish blooming. Deadheading redirects energy towards healthy roots.
- Maintain a 3 to 4 inch mulch layer around trees and shrubs to protect them from mower and weed whacker damage.
- Check plants regularly for insect problems; hand pick or use suitable control measures if found.
- Fertilize warm-season grasses.
- Plant butterfly nectar and larval food plants such as asclepias, buddleia, and passion flower.
- Replace spent annuals with heat-tolerant lantana, verbena, pentas, and hibiscus,
- Consider drip irrigation and/or soaker hoses as efficient watering alternatives.
- Harvest raspberries and blackberries daily to avoid attracting insects to overripe fruit.
- Prune water sprouts from apple trees.
- Water flowerbeds and water flower beds and gardens deeply. This encourages a deep root system.
- Start basil seedlings for a fall herb garden.
- Mow warm-season grasses at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches; apply at least an inch of water a week.
- Prevent rose diseases with a fungicide spray program.
- For longest vase life, harvest cut flowers just as they begin to open and condition them in floral preservative.
- Fertilize container plants every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer solution for best bloom.
- Keep annuals in bloom by removing faded flowers.
- Bats help control mosquitoes; attract these friendly mammals with bat houses.
- Help trees survive the heat by mulching heavily over the root system–avoid mulch too close to the trunk.
- Save space in the garden with trellises, fences, and stakes-harvest is easier too.
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