July Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants: Plants that can tolerate the upcoming summer heat such as celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus.  Make sure they have lots of water keep the plants evenly moist. 
To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Herbs: Basil, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary can be planted now as they can tolerate heat.  It's helpful to pinch back them regularly to enourage leafy growth.  Click Here to learn more about planting herbs.

Palms:  When the weather is warm and wet, it's a good time to plant palms.  Click Here to learn more about planting palms in your yard.

Vegetables: Tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, peppers, and southern peas can be planted now. Looks for signs of disease and insects.  Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables.

Bulbs: Some bulbs that can be planted in the summer months are butterfly lily, gladiolus, and society garlic.

What maintenance is required this month?

Vegetable Garden: The hot summer months are a good time to solarize your vegetable garden.  It takes 4-6 weeks to kill weeds and insects so it's a good ideas to start early.  Click Here to learn more about solarizing your vegetable garden.

Trees:  Look for weak or dead branches to be removed before hurricane season.  Click Here for the International Society of Arboriculture.  Click Here for information about pruning and landscaping trees.

Pests: Thrips, scales, and mites become more active on ornamental plants as the weather gets warmer.   Click Here to learn more about pest management.

Irrigation: If rain has been sparse, check your yard for sign of stress. Consider installing a water shut-off device that can be found at your local hardware store.  Click Here to learn about irrigation.

Palms & Cycads: Check palms and cycads for nutrient deficiencies.  Click Here to learn more about palm nutrition and fertilization.

Lawn Insects:   St. Augustine grass can be susceptible to chinch bugs and bahiagrass lawns may get mole crickets. Click Here to learn about beneficial insects.  Click Here to learn about grass insects.

Summer-flowering Shrubs:  Shrubs that flower in the summer can be pruned back lightly to encourage more flowering and a fuller plant.  Azaleas should not be pruned later than mid-July to prevent harming next year's buds.  Click Here to learn more about pruning flowering shrubs.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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