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Garden & Landscape Tasks for July

Posted by Kelly Dennis on

* Top of the list is WATERING!  Watering your plants and grass is extremely important in July and August. It is  recommended that you water plant material one inch per week and even more during drought conditions.  The best time of the day to water is in the morning. This allows for the plant foliage to dry before the heat of the day sets in.

* Trim shrubs that have finished flowering and other shrubs that don’t flower.

* Turn exiting mulch and “top-dress” with new mulch to give it a fresh look and help the landscape retain moisture.

* Turn compost pile once a week.

* July and August is a great time to start a fall vegetable garden.  Some vegetables that do well in the fall include: bush and snap beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, mustard, Irish potatoes, radish, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, and turnips.

* Don't water your melons at the base of the stems. Doing so can cause rot. Build up a little earth around the stems to keep water away.

* Deadhead flowers on a regular basis to promote new flower growth.

* Extend the indoor life of your cut flowers by putting them in a solution that is one part water, one part clear soft drink (such as 7-Up, Sprite, etc.), and a few drops chlorine bleach.

* If you have thick, thriving phlox, thin the plants to four or five stalks per clump to provide adequate ventilation and avoid mildew.

* Thin hedges to encourage thick surface growth.

* Keep grass mowed regularly, but mow high (mower height at about 3 inches) to help protect the crown of the plant from heat stress.

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