Top 5 Gardening Must Do’s for July!

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Lots of fun to be had this Summer – holidays, BBQs, weekend trips, and landscape projects! Here are our top must-do’s to keep your plants healthy and happy 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. Train Your Plant-Sitter

Lots more of us are taking trips this Summer. Be sure to have a trusted plant-sitter come water your plants while you’re away! It’s a good idea to spend a little time showing them how you water. Don’t just write it down, walk them through it. You know your plants and which ones get tired and thirsty the fastest.


2. Make Shade!

We find lots of uses for shade cloth here at Gill’s. It’s great for shading plants, of course, and can also be used to block wind. It’s also an excellent addition to a pergola, breezeway, or outdoor dining area to create some extra shade this Summer. Easy to cut to the custom size/shape you need.


3. Plant Crape Myrtles While They’re Blooming

The crape myrtles around town are AMAZING right now. Our crape myrtles here at Gill’s are blooming too, which means it’s a good time to choose new ones and get the color you like.


4. Summer Temps + Rain = More Bugs
This is what a mealybug infestation looks like!

Not all bugs are bad, so it’s important to know your bugs before you spray anything, even organics. A few bugs here and there is probably not cause for alarm. If you do get an infestation, cut the plant back first, give it some fertilizer, then treat for bugs. By pruning first, you won’t have to treat every leaf on the whole plant. We see plants come back better than ever using this method. If you’re not sure about bugs or pruning, we’re here to help.


5. Watering:  Think Depth not Frequency

Revisit last week’s blog about helpful Summer watering tips. Proper hydration happens when you get water down to the root ball of the plant. Watering frequently can be good but be sure you’re watering deeply. Long, slow, deep drinks for plants, trees, and lawns!

6 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!

  3. What can you use to get rid of worms and caterpillars that eat my plants leaves! Is the ere a spray?
    Thank youmelisha

    1. Yes, we have a very environmentally friendly product you can apply to the foliage they are feeding on that will not harm any other organism other than the caterpillar that feeds on it. And another that is appropriate if the caterpillars have finished feeding and are moving across the yard or walls to pupate. Just come in and ask.

  4. Thank you for sharing this gardening must-do in July. Really helpful not only for this month but for all the months coming. Keep sharing more valuable information about gardening. I learned a lot!

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