Fertilize early in the month, if not already done.
Apply a slow release fertilizer (Green Diamond 21-7-14) to your lawn and water in well, approximately 30 minutes per area.
ORGANIC: Milorganite, Lady Bug Lawn & Garden, Medina Growin’ Green
Plant New Grass
Lay new sod or Bermuda seed anytime this month.
Fix Yellow Spots
Apply Ironite or Hi-Yield Iron Plus to yellow spots in lawn.
ORGANIC: Texas Green Sand
Mow as required.
Keep St. Augustine cut to about 3”, Bermuda at 1” – 2”.
Watch for Chinch Bugs and Grub Worms.
Water well every 7 to 10 days.
Tomato & pepper plants
Fertilize tomato and pepper plants regularly. Use Ammonium Sulfate 21-0-0 or Miracle Gro for Tomatoes
Organic: Rose Glo,
Hasta Gro, Plant Tone
Read: My Ugly Tomato Plant
All roses with Rose Food or Bayer Rose & Flower Care
Organic: Maestro Gro Rose Glo
TREES & SHRUBS
Fertilize all trees and shrubs with Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food
Organic: Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green or Lady Bug Lawn and Garden
Annuals and perennials
Use Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules
Organic: Medina Growin’ Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Rose Glo or Hasta Gro.
Azaleas, gardenias, and magnolias
Use Azalea Food or Miracle Gro ACR for acid loving plants
Organic: with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo or Medina Growin’ Green
Hibiscus and tropical bloomers
Fertilize all tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food
Organic: Rose Glo or Hasta Gro
Citrus and Pecan trees
Use Pecan, Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Organic: Lady Bug Lawn and Garden or Espoma Citrus Tone
- Read: How do I keep My Plants Looking Healthy Through Our Summers?
Read: Organic Fertilizers 101
- 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
Watch for caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Use Liquid Seven.
Organic: Thuricide, Spinosad
Fungus, Powdery Mildew
Use Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Systemic Fungicide
Organic: Neem Oil, Serenade
Treat with Bayer Complete, Spectracide Trazicide, Season Long Grub Control
Watch for Chinch bugs in lawns. Use Cyonara RTS, Spectracide Triazicide liquid or granules
Organic: Diatomaceous Earth
Use Liquid Sevin, Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara, or Bonide Systemic
Organic: Neem Oil, or Insecticidal Soap
Read: Mealy Bugs are Here
Use Spectracide Triazicide or Bonide Systemic
Organic: Neem Oil, Spinosad
Seaweed extract helps prevent them.
- FLEAS and TICKS
Treat lawns with Spectracide Triazicide
Organic: Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer
Borers in mesquites, cottonwoods, ash raintrees, chinaberry, and yucca. Organic: Spinosad
When watering during periods of windy dry conditions, it’s important to water slowly and deeply. Be sure to watch the spray of sprinklers and adjust accordingly with the wind.
Water all plants well after planting and regularly through the first year.
Plants will begin to use more water as they grow and bloom. Outdoor potted plants dry out quickly as do hanging baskets and small annuals. Check new plants daily for water needs, many will need water every day.
Mulch around trees and flowerbeds to conserve moisture.
Make arrangements for someone to water if leaving for more than 2 days (especially new plants).
Watch your perennials. Check soil moisture before watering. Many plants can die from over watering. Use a moisture meter when in doubt.