Things are heating up and summer is moving full force ahead. Along with the heat, keeping things hydrated and battling disease will be our biggest challenge. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated as well as you move forward with your July Landscape Management 101!
- Stop harvesting asparagus and rhubarb.
- Don’t neglect vegetable garden; continue weed control and watch leaves for signs of disease.
- Water flower border once a week during dry periods.
- Spray or dust tomatoes for blight control.
- Spray or dust squashes, melons, and cucumbers to prevent bacterial wilt.
- Deadhead annuals and perennials after flowering to encourage the plant to spend its energy producing more flowers or foliage and roots.
- Fertilize flowering annuals to give an extra boost of energy.
- Prune Yews, Junipers, and Arborvitae by mid-July.
- Watch for rust on hollyhocks.
- Renovate old strawberry plantings when bearing is finished.
- Pick off dead flowers for attractive borders and blooms.
- Keep an eye out for webs from webworm on woody plants. Cut out branches wrapped in webbing and spray with insecticide.
- Keep plants, especially vegetables, evenly moist to promote good health as it gets warmer.
- Harvest raspberries regularly to help discourage insects.
- Stop feeding roses and most perennials.
- Tie Dahlias to stakes.
- Keep lawn mown at 2 1/2” height.
- Make last granular fertilizer applications on woody plants.
- Alpine Currant shrubs infected with fungus will lose leaves and may defoliate completely. Fallen leaves should be removed and destroyed to reduce infection next year.
- Watch for powdery mildew and leaf spot diseases on flowers and ornamentals.
- Honeysuckles susceptible to aphids should be sprayed every 10-14 days with insecticidal soap.
As always, let us know if you have questions! We can give suggestions, recommend product, and help you create the beautiful backyard you’re striving toward. Call 920.788.6344 today!