Gardening Tasks for July

July is a great time to get out and enjoy your garden. By July most of the hard work of spring is completed and this leaves you with plenty of time to sit back and enjoy all your hard work.

We’ve put together a list of six gardening tasks for July to keep up with as your garden progresses through the growing season:

1.     Keep up with deadheading flowers. This not only makes your garden look nice, but also encourages some plants to continue blooming. Who wouldn’t want more flowers?water plants-gardening tasks for july

2.     Make sure your garden has plenty of moisture. The hot summer days can sometimes be quite daunting on plants and they may need more water on hot days. It is recommended that one inch of water per week should be good for hostas. Spread this out over two or three days of watering throughout the week for best results. You don’t want to drown your hostas with too much water at one time. Plants in containers will need to be watered more regularly than ones in the ground. Hanging baskets, especially, dry out quicker and will likely need to be watered daily. If possible, collect rainwater to water your plants.

3.     Keep up on the weeding in your garden. A little time now could save you a lot of time down the road. I’m sure we can all agree that weeding is not the most fun task out there, but it is important. Not only does it help with the appearance of your garden, it can also help prevent slugs and other pests. A clean garden is less likely to have a pest problem than one covered in weeds. Spending ten minutes weeding your garden once per week is better than spending an hour doing it once per month. Do not let the weeds go to seed!

4.     If you haven’t done so already replace/place mulch in your garden. This is one of the important gardening tasks for July because the mulch will help keep moisture in the soil around so they don’t get as dried out, especially on the hot days. Mulch can also help keep slugs away from your hostas.

5.     You can continue fertilizing your hostas throughout the month of July, but we recommend not doing it any later than July 31st.

6.     Bring a lawn chair out to your garden. Sit back and enjoy your hard work.

That concludes our list of gardening tasks for July. It really isn’t too bad, is it?!

Keeping up with these six gardening tasks for July will keep your garden in tip-top shape throughout the summer. It really is a great month to enjoy your garden when most plants will be in bloom and most of the hard spring work is over.

Enjoy!

Comment below on how your garden is doing this year so far. We’d love to see pictures!

Watering Your Lawn and Garden

Watering FlowersIs your grass turning brown? Are your garden plants starting to wilt? No rain clouds in sight? Here are the tips and tricks you need to know to keep your trees, lawn and garden beds green and growing through the hot, dry summer.Tree Roots

How often and when?

Water your lawn and garden deeply but infrequently. Watering only briefly but often leads to shallow root growth, so encourage your trees and plants to grow deep, drought-resistant roots by watering thoroughly until the soil is soaked to a depth of four inches. Water in the early morning to minimize evaporation and reduce the risk of fungal diseases, but if your plants appear distressed, water immediately.   Mulch around your plants to retain soil moisture.

Plants with special needs

Plants that you just bought or transplanted need more help to survive the heat of summer than plants that are already established. Water them well at the time of planting and at least once a week for the remainder of the season. Perennials should be watered at planting, again on the next day, then 3 days later, and then weekly for the rest of the summer.

PlantersPlants in containers as well as those within the overhang of your roof also require more frequent watering. The best technique for watering trees is to just allow a hose to run slowly for several hours near the drip line of the tree, uphill if on a slope. For plants, water with a sprayer nozzle or watering wand.

Methods of wateringSprinkler

Automatic irrigation systems may be the best option for those who travel, but they are expensive and often overwater. Drip irrigation systems are also expensive to install, but use water efficiently. Sprinklers work well on level surfaces but cover only short distances.

Sources:

http://www.sustainable-gardening.com/inputs-tools/water/how-to-water-your-garden

http://www.lowes.com/cd_Watering+Tips_1263913689_