Top 5 Gardening Must Do’s for July!

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There’s always plenty of gardening to do…even in Summer! From planting palms to collecting houseplants to prepping for veggie gardening – here are our top must-do’s for this July.

Check out our July Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Plant Palm Trees 

Summer is prime time to plant palms. They need their own special fertilizer that has the proper micronutrients for their health. Amend the soil with Cotton Burr Compost and fertilize with Carl Pool Palm Food.

2. Lawn Care

Proper watering once a week helps your grass stay well hydrated. Water before 10am or after 6pm. About 1inch of water is enough. Feed your lawn with organic fertilizers like Medina Growin’ Green & Nature’s Blend Compost. Keep an eye out for insect problems like chinch bugs & grubs. Keep the lawn mowed this Summer to reduce any potential weed troubles.

3. Cultivate Indoors

Hot summer days are an ideal time to add natural beauty to your indoors. Houseplants create a relaxing atmosphere and help rid the air of indoor pollutants. Sansevierias, Chinese Money Plant, Hoya, unusual Philodendrons, & a host of tiny starter plants are some you’ll find in our greenhouse.

4. Water… simple and so important!

We need more water and so will our plants. Water in the morning or evening before 10am or after 6pm. Keep the water on the plants, soil, lawn, flowerbeds, not in the gutter, sidewalk, or street. Sprinkler systems are great for established lawns and landscapes. Water established lawns once a week. New plantings really need to be hand watered to ensure the water is getting to the root system. Check new plantings daily for water needs. Pro tip:  Use a moisture meter! We carry them and can show you how easy they are to use. They’ve saved many plants!

5. Prep For Fall Gardening

Fall is an amazing time to plant food, flowers, and a host of other landscape essentials like trees & hardy shrubs. Use this Summer to think about new garden spaces. What foods would you like to grow? Do you want to grow from seed? Do you need a new flower bed or a new raised vegetable bed? This is a great time to ponder these things, start planning, and get them on paper.

2 Comments on “Top 5 Gardening Must Do’s for July!”

  1. I have a new home that needs landscape, if I purchase everything from
    you can I get a discount and delivery? We live on Padre Island with stones
    in the yard, but we want Queen Ann’s in the front and lower plants around
    the slab and entry, then banana trees ,Esperanza Hybiscus and other tropicals. A neighbor recommended you to me.

  2. Hi Michael – we’d be happy to discuss your new landscape! We offer full scale landscape design and installation, or we can advise you and provide the plants and materials if you like to DIY. Come by the garden center at 2810 Airline or give us a call at 361.992.9674 – look forward to meeting you!

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