Things to do in July

Things to Do – July 2017

Greg Grant

  • Plant zinnia seeds for fall bloom.
  • Plant marigold (marimum) transplants for fall bloom.
  • Deadhead annuals, perennials and roses regularly to encourage re-blooming.
  • Carry pruners with you every time you go into the garden to make grooming easier.
  • Scout garden daily for pests or problems.
  • Water beds and lawns deeply but infrequently.  Lawns generally need irrigating once per week, azaleas once every two weeks, perennials, ground-covers, shrubs, and fruit trees once a month, and most shade trees only during severe droughts.
  • Make sure there are 2-4” of organic mulch on beds to preserve moisture, prevent weeds, and to keep the soil cool.
  • Water potted plants weekly using a half strength fertilizer solution.
  • Plant fall transplants of tomatoes (first two weeks of July), eggplants, and peppers.
  • Seed fall crops of pumpkin and squash.
  • Protect your skin from sun damage and stay hydrated when working in the garden.
  • Pinch back fall-blooming plants to increase blooms and density.
  • Note which plants do well in the heat to plant for next year.
  • Check St. Augustine grass regularly for chinch bugs and treat with labeled insecticide.
  • To remove aphids spray plants (including underside of leaves) with a strong blast of water or shear off infected new growth.
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