We all know how hard you’ve worked to have a beautiful landscape. Now how do you keep it thriving and surviving the summer heat? Check out our Top Tips for Summer Success.
Fertilize early in the month, if not already done.
Apply a slow release fertilizer (Green Diamond 21-7-14, Gill Lawn & Garden 13-1-3) to your lawn and water in well, approximately 30 minutes per area. Organic: Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green
Plant New Grass
Lay new sod or Bermuda seed anytime this month.
Fix Yellow Spots
Apply 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 plantsFertilize 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
RosesAll roses with Rose Food or Bayer Rose & Flower Care Organic: Maestro Gro Rose Glo
TREES & SHRUBSFertilize all trees and shrubs with Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food Organic: Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green
Annuals and perennialsUse Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules Organic: Medina Growin’ Green, Hasta Gro.
Azaleas, gardenias, and magnoliasUse Espoma Azalea Food or Miracle Gro ACR for acid loving plants Organic: with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo or Medina Growin’ Green
Hibiscus and tropical bloomersFertilize all tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food Organic: Rose Glo or Hasta Gro
Citrus and Pecan treesUse Pecan, Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer Organic: Espoma Citrus Tone
- – 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
CaterpillarsWatch for caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Use Cyonara. Organic: Thuricide, Spinosad Read: Texas Sage Eaten by Caterpillars?
Fungus, Powdery MildewUse Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Systemic Fungicide Organic: Neem Oil, Serenade
GRUB WORMSTreat with Bayer Complete, Spectracide Trazicide, Season Long Grub Control Organic: Nematodes Read: It's Grubworm Time Again!
CHINCH BUGSWatch for Chinch bugs in lawns. Use Cyonara RTS, Spectracide Triazicide liquid or granules Organic: Diatomaceous Earth, Spinosad Read: Check For Chinch Bugs If Your Lawn Looks Dry Even Though You Know It’s Not!
MEALY BUGSUse Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara, or Bonide Systemic Organic: Neem Oil, or Insecticidal Soap Read: Mealy Bugs are Here
SPIDER MITESUse Spectracide Triazicide or Bonide Systemic Organic: Neem Oil, Spinosad Seaweed extract helps prevent them.
FLEAS and TICKSTreat lawns with Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara Organic: Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer
BorersBorers in mesquites, ash, 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.