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July Gardening Tips

Monthly Tips

  • Most shrubs and perennials may still be planted as long as they are adequately watered. Crapemyrtle, Althaea (Rose of Sharon), Vitex, and Desert Willow provide excellent summer blooms. Fertilize new plantings with Fertilome Root Stimulator.
  • Heat loving annuals may still be planted for summer color, such as lantana, penta, angelonia, hibiscus, purslane, portulaca (rose moss) periwinkle, begonia, etc.
  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch to keep weeds down and increase water retention in landscape beds and gardens. Use Grade A Cedar Mulch or Pecan Hulls.
  • During dry weather, be sure to keep all plantings adequately watered. A weekly deep, soaking is more beneficial than a daily light sprinkling. Water between 6-10 am to avoid evaporation.
  • Pinch back leggy annuals and remove old blooms, also called Deadheading, to encourage new growth and blooms. Fertilize with Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom and water regularly.
  • Fertilization of Bermuda grass lawns can continue if water is present for growth. Use TLC Premium Lawn Food. Do not fertilize cool-season grasses, such as fescue and rye, until fall.
  • Planting Bermuda grass seed should be completed by the end of July to ensure the least risk of winter kill.
  • Spray established lawn weeds with Bayer All-In-One Lawn Weed & Crabgrass Killer.
  • Nutsedge is a difficult lawn weed to kill, but can be controlled with Image.
  • Kill most common lawn pests, including: ants, fleas, ticks, with Bayer Complete Insect Killer.
  • Mowing heights for cool-season grasses should be 3 inches during the hot summer months. Gradually raise mowing height of Bermuda grass lawns from 1 ½ to 2 inches.
  • Proper watering of newly planted trees and shrubs often means the difference between success and replacement.
  • The hotter and drier it gets, the larger the spider mite populations become. Keep a close eye on all plants and bring samples of insects or damage to TLC Garden Centers for diagnosis.
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