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
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!