July Garden Guide

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Lawn Care

Fertilize

Organic fertilizers such as Milorganite and Medina Growin Green are excellent fertilizers that feed plants and soil and are the best choice during hot, dry periods.

Lay new Sod

Lay new sod anytime, and Bermuda seed anytime this month.

Fix Yellow Spots

Apply Hi Yield Iron Plus to yellow spots in lawn. Organically use Texas Green Sand.

Mow

Mow as required. Keep St. Augustine cut to about 3”, Bermuda at 1”– 2”.

Water

Water well every 7 days.

Read: Summer is Here, Time to Resume Watering

Watch out for pests

Watch for Chinch Bugs and Grub Worms.

Read: Check for Chinch Bugs if Your Lawn Looks Dry Even Though You Know It’s Not!

Plant

All container grown trees, shrubs, and vines.

It’s prime time to plant tropicals such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, ginger and palms.

Hibiscus
Bougainvillia
Ginger
Late spring and summer color

Zinnias, periwinkles, purslane, moss rose, gomphrena, lantana, ruellia, penta, caladiums, coleus, and more

Moss Rose
Gomphrena
Lantana
Seeds

Sunflowers, morning glory, zinnias, and gomphrena.

Sunflower
Screen Shot 38 Morning Glory
Zinnias
Pepper and Tomato Seeds

Start seeds of peppers and tomatoes in containers to transplant in the garden in August.

 

Fertilize

Annuals and perennials

with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules
Organic: Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro or Plant Tone

Hibiscus and tropical bloomers

with Hibiscus Food

Organic: Maestro Gro-Rose Glo

Trees and shrubs
with Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food
Organic: Milorganite, or Medina Growin Green,
All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.

Prune

Dead wood from trees and shrubs

Faded blooms to encourage new blooms – especially important on perennials, tropicals, and crape myrtles

Shrubs to maintain good form

Palms, if needed

Watch Out For

Caterpillars

Watch for caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves).
Treat with: Cyonara
Organic: Thuricide, Spinosad

Fungus, Powdery Mildew

Treat with: Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Fertilome Systemic
Organic: Neem Oil, Serenade

CHINCH BUGS IN LAWNS

Treat with: Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara, Bayer Complete Liquid or granules
Organic: Diatomaceous Earth, Spinosad

MEALY BUGS

Treat with: Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara, or Bonide Systemic
Organic: Neem Oil or Insecticidal Soap

Read: Mealy Bugs are Here

SPIDER MITES

Treat with: Spectracide Triazicide, Bonide Systemic or Cyonara
Organic: Neem Oil, Insecticidal Soap, Spinosad

FLEAS and TICKS

Treat with: Cyonara, Spectracide Triazicide
Organic: Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth

Borers

Watch for Borers in mesquites, ash, and yucca.
Treat with: Fertilome Tree & Shrub Drench
Organic: Spinosad


Water-wise Gardening

Mulch

Mulch all landscape areas with at least 2-4 inches of shredded mulch.

Adjust Mowing

Cut your grass higher so it will not dry out as quickly.

Trimming & Cleanup

Trim overgrown plants with excessive foliage so they use less water.
Remove old or unsightly plants you plan to get rid of anyway.
Repot root bound patio plants and add Soil Moist Crystals.

Adjust Irrigation System

Use your irrigation system or sprinklers once a week. You can water anytime before 10:00am or after 6:00pm. Use the Cycle Soak Method found on our website. Be sure not to let water run off onto the streets and sidewalks.

Fertilize

Top dress lawns with Nature Blend.
Use organic fertilizers to keep plants healthy.

Water

Install drip irrigation around your foundation and plants for slow soaking and less water waste.

You can water anytime with a hand held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation hose provided it is equipped with a positive shut off nozzle.

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