July gardening tasks
I hope everyone had a safe, yet fun Independence Day! Here is a list of items that can be done in July. Remember to be careful outside in the heat and drink plenty of water.
Start thinking about fall gardening. (I know that is hard to do when summer just started.) When selecting tomato plants for fall harvests, it is best to choose smaller-fruited varieties which take less time and energy for the plants to produce.
As the temperatures increase and tomatoes stop to produce, you will need to decide if you want to keep them alive so they can begin to produce again once it cools down again.
Caladiums require plenty of water at this time of year if they are to remain lush and active until fall. Fertilize with 21-0-0 at the rate of one-third to one-half pound per 100 square feet of bed area, and water thoroughly.
Prune out dead or diseased wood from trees and shrubs. Hold off on major pruning from now until midwinter. Severe pruning at this time will only stimulate tender new growth prior to frost.
Make your selections and place orders for spring-flowering bulbs now so that they will arrive in time for planting in October and November.
Don't allow plants with green fruit or berries to suffer from lack of moisture.
It is not too late to set out another planting of many warm-season annuals, such as marigolds, zinnias, and periwinkles. They will require extra attention for the first few weeks, but should provide you with color during late September, October, and November.
Establish a new compost pile to accommodate the plants that die due to heat as well as fall leaf accumulation.
Water your landscape weekly if possible if it has not rained. If you choose not to water your turfgrass, at least water your trees and shrubs in the very least once a month. This means a nice deep soaking, not a light watering.
Make sure all of your flower beds are well mulched to help retain soil moisture and keep the soil cooler this summer.
Keep flower beds weed free as extra weeds only take away moisture and nutrients from your plants.