July To Do’s

Plant:
  • All container grown trees, shrubs, and vines.  It’s prime time to plant tropicals such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, ginger and palms.
  • Late spring and summer color – zinnias, periwinkles, purslane, moss rose, gomphrena, lantana, ruellia, penta, caladiums, coleus, and more
  • Start seeds of sunflowers, morning glory, zinnias, and gomphrena.
  • Start seeds of peppers and tomatoes in containers to transplant in the garden in August.
Lawn Care:
  • Organic fertilizers such as Milorganite, Lady Bug Lawn & Garden, and Medina Growin Green are excellent fertilizers that feed plants and soil and are the best choice during hot, dry periods.
  • Lay new sod anytime, and Bermuda seed anytime this month.
  • Apply Ironite or Hi Yield Iron Plus to yellow spots in lawn. Organically use 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 days.
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
Fertilize:
  • All trees and shrubs with Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food; organically with Milorganite, Medina Growin Green, or Lady Bug Lawn and Garden
  • Annuals and perennials, with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro or Plant Tone
  • All hibiscus and tropical bloomers with Green Diamond Hibiscus Food, organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
Watch Out For:
  • Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves)- spray with Gardentech Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide or Spinosad.
  • Fungus, Powdery Mildew – Daconil, Ferti-lome Systemic, organically with Neem Oil, or Serenade
  • Chinch bugs in lawns – treat with Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara or Bayer Complete liquid or granules, organically with Diatomaceous Earth.
  • Mealy bugs – treat with Liquid Sevin, Bayer Tree & Shrub, Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic, organically with Neem Oil or Insecticidal Soap.
  • Spider mites – use Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic, organically with Neem Oil, Insecticidal Soap or Spinosad.
  • Fleas and ticks – treat lawns with Cyonara, Spectricide Triazicide, organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer.
  • Borers in mesquites, cottonwoods, ash, raintrees, chinaberry, and yucca.  Spray with Fertilome Borer Bagworm Leafminer Spray.
Water-wise Gardening
  • Mulch all landscape areas with at least 2 inches of shredded mulch.
  • Trim overgrown plants with excessive foliage so they use less water.
  • Remove old or unsightly plants you plan to get rid of anyway
  • Cut your grass higher so it will not dry out as quickly.
  • Repot root bound patio plants and add Soil Moist Crystals
  • Use your irrigation system or sprinklers once a week on designated trash pickup. You can water anytime from midnight of trash day until 10am that morning and again from 6pm that night to midnight that’s 16 hours of available time to water.  Use the cycle soak method found on our website. Be sure you do not let water run off on streets and sidewalks.
  • Top dress lawns with Nature Blend.
  • Use organic fertilizers to keep plants healthy
  • 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.