July

  • Number one on your list: Watch out for your own health and well-being while working outside this time of year! The best time to be outside tending to your assorted flora is early in the morning. If that’s impossible, the cool of the evening is also a perfect time. Otherwise, take a bottle of water with you and keep hydrated!
  • Do not prune Azaleas and Rhododendrons after the second week of July because they soon will begin setting their buds for next year’s blooms.
  • In July, Snapdragons should be pinched back after blooming to promote a second flush of growth.
  • Cutting flowers is best done with sharp shears or a knife which will help avoid injury to the growing plant. A slanting cut will expose a larger absorbing surface to water and will prevent the base of the stem from resting on the bottom of the vase. It is best to carry a bucket of water to the garden for collecting flowers, rather than a cutting basket.
  • Continue to weed in bed areas either by spraying or by hand, as necessary. If hand-weeding, it is easier when the soil is damp. Try to get to weeds before they seed…if not your weed problems will multiply!
  • Continue Rose care routine, spraying, feeding, pruning & deadheading. Stop & smell the Roses!
  • Remember to remove all Rose leaves that have fallen to the ground below the Roses. They can carry & spread fungus.
  • Tip-prune deciduous & evergreen shrubs to shape. Now is not the time for heavy pruning.
  • Continue to fertilize annuals every 7 to 10 days with liquid fertilizer.
  • Replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4”. This helps the soil retain moisture during dry weather.
  • Once Iris have browned & died back, they can be divided & transplanted. If not dividing and/or transplanting your Iris, just cut the blades back (the shape of a fan looks nice!). Add bone meal when transplanting.
  • Continue to monitor plant material for insects & disease damage. Treat as needed, following label instructions.
  • Continue to water plant material, especially newly installed landscapes (if no significant rainfall). The best time to water is first thing in the morning, the plant makes best use of the water at this time of day. Also, it helps prevent rot & fungus.
  • Continue to edge bed & turf areas.
  • Continue mowing routine. Be sure to cut fescue at 3” or higher to prevent brown out.
  • Continue to spot spray lawn for weeds with appropriate herbicide. Follow label instructions.
  • Continue to deadhead annuals & perennials, especially Buddlea/Butterfly Bush to encourage additional blooming.
  • Cut back or stake any leggy perennials.
  • Cut back any perennials that are ‘browning out’.
  • Dig & divide overcrowded perennials.
  • Continue to provide food & water for our feathered friends. Remember to keep hummingbird solution fresh.
  • After the Fourth of July, stop pinching back Chrysanthemum & Aster. They need to set fall blooms now.
  • If slugs & snails are a problem in moist areas, put out slug bait (according to label directions) or beer in a pie plate works well too!
  • Continue to plant trees & shrubs this month, if an irrigation system exists or if you are a conscientious water-er!
  • Remember your landscape while you’re away on vacation this summer. Set timers on irrigation systems or have someone water while you’re gone, especially container gardens in full sun. What a nice welcome home…..flourishing plants & a green lawn!
  • Interested in a specialty garden? Reliable Landscaping can create many special elements in your landscape, like bird or butterfly gardens, fire pit/conversation areas, kid’s play area….any & many kinds of outdoor ‘living’ spaces!