Gardening Tips for July

During the height of summer with temperatures over 100 degrees, your landscape and garden plants are under extreme stress.   Here are a few simple tips to keep your yard looking its best during the summer heat.

Make sure you are watering on a regular basis.  The recommendation is to water 2 – 3 times a week in the morning, if possible.  Be sure to water long enough so the root system grows deep rather than staying close to the soil surface. 

Check your irrigation system for leaks, clogs or breakages to make sure water is getting to all areas in your lawns and beds.

Plants in hanging baskets or pots require more attention as they can dry out very quickly.  A granular product called ‘Soil Moist’ when added to your soil, will help retain water and reduce the need for frequent watering.

Adjust the height of your lawn mower blade to allow your grass to grow taller during the summer months.  A thicker turf will be protected from the heat and will require less watering.

Check your garden regularly for insects and fungi.  Plants with heat stress are more prone to disease.  If you find a problem, take care of it as soon as possible using a recommended insecticide or fungicide. Both organic and non-organic products are available to stop and protect against insects and fungi.

Applying a fresh layer of mulch will reduce water evaporation and keep the soil temperature cooler helping plants to survive the heat, especially in the late afternoon and early evening.  

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