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July

Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

Groundcovers & Vines

Groundcovers & Vines

Indoor & Holiday Plants

Indoor & Holiday Plants

Lawns

Lawns

  • Mow high to encourage deep roots that are more drought tolerant.
  • You can still lay sod; use fresh sod, install as soon as possible and water often enough to keep the soil moist. 
  • Allow established lawns to go dormant during dry periods and watering restrictions. Apply ¼ inch of water every 3 weeks to prevent plants from dying without breaking dormancy.
  • If you choose to water; water early in the day when you leave footprints on the lawn. Water thoroughly and less frequently.
  • Limit foot and equipment traffic, don’t apply pesticides, including weed killers, and don’t fertilize any dormant and heat stressed lawns.
  • Proper care and overseeding bare spots is usually sufficient to manage disease problems.

Trees, Shrubs & Roses

Trees, Shrubs & Roses

  • Monitor plantings for moisture stress as temperatures rise.  New plantings and moisture-loving plants need the most attention. But even large established trees may need supplemental water during extended dry periods.
  • Keep planting balled-and-burlapped and container trees, shrubs and roses as long as you have space, time and plants.
  • Mulch or replenish mulch around new and established plantings of trees, shrubs and roses if needed.  Maintain a 2 to 3 inch layer of wood mulch around these plants, but do not bury the crowns or place mulch against tree bark. 
  • Lightly prune wayward branches on arborvitae, yews and junipers once the new growth has expanded.  Clip stems back to a healthy bud or side shoot to contain growth.
  • Remove and destroy bagworms from trees and shrubs with a pair of garden scissors or sharp knife.
  • Manage other plant damaging pest populations with the most eco-friendly methods and products available.
  • Rake and destroy scab infested leaves of crabapples as they fall to reduce the source of disease next season. 
  • Monitor lilacs and other shrubs for powdery mildew. Infected plants will survive, but their appearance declines as the season progresses.
  • Make note on next year’s calendar to watch for recurring pest problems.
  • Use a variety of tactics to protect plantings from deer, rabbits and other wildlife.

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