July represents the height of summer, long, hot days. Be prepared. Adjust your gardening tactics to accommodate the warm temperatures and long hot hours of the sun. Your garden will thank you.
Caring for your Lawn: Consider fertilizing your grass again (about every 6 weeks). Apply early in the month to beat the heat. Also consider raising your lawn mower blade. Longer grass helps shade the soil and better retain moisture, therefore reducing the need to water so often. Your lawn will be envy of the block as it maintains its lush green appearance throughout the hottest months.
Deadheading: When you first hear the garden term “deadhead”, you might picture friends who wore tie-dye and traveled to concerts a lot. But gardeners use the term deadhead in a completely different way. Deadheading keeps gardens neat and blooming. It’s a form of good plant housekeeping. Remove spent blooms from your flowering plants and hanging baskets. Doing so will help to encourage new growth, as well as improve the overall look and health of the plant.
Harvest: Many of your vegetables are likely ready for picking. Tomatoes, beans, peppers and zucchini are typically ready for harvest around early to mid July. As you pick your produce, check for grubs, bugs, and other garden pests that can often ruin crops. Be sure to treat your gardens to rid the grubs, bugs and other garden pests.
Conserve Water: With Mother Nature taking care of things, it’s easy to conserve water. But as the month goes on and the heat sets in, avoid waste, by only watering plants at the beginning and end of the day. Watering mid-day will result in evaporation and you’ll likely end up with higher water bills as well as dehydrated plants. Head outside with the hose in the early morning or evening hours to make sure your plants get the most of each watering.