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-Plant container grown trees and shrubs. Divide overgrown perennials now but be sure to water them frequently until their roots have established.
-Plant sunflowers to enjoy their beautiful fall blooms. Leave the spent flowers on the plant and the birds will feed on the seeds.
-Now is a good time to plant cool season vegetables like radishes, lettuce, ect. If planting from seed, it is best to sow them near other, taller vegetable plants that will give shade to the new seedlings.
-Divide or transplant spring flowering bulbs.
-Check daily for ripe vegetables and be sure to enjoy them before the wildlife does.
-Mulching your flowerbeds can help conserve water during these hot months and cuts down on the weeding you need to do.
-In late August it is a good time to re seed your lawn. Also check for insects and treat accordingly.
-Give special care to your hanging baskets as temperatures continue to heat up. Check them twice a day (morning and evening) to see if they need water. Soak them until water runs out the bottom holes.
-Check your trees and shrubs for insects and diseases. Insects will often hide on the underside of leaves to keep cool. So check carefully and treat your plants accordingly.
-Continue remove spent blooms on annuals and perennials to extend their blooming season.
-Keep a close eye for diseases in your lawn. High summer temperatures and too much water can create disease problems.
-Continue feeding your roses with a rose-specific fertilizer. To remove a spent bloom, cut back the branch to 1/4" above the first set of leaves that has 5 leaves.
-Now is the time to cut back and shape your spring flowering shrubs. If you wait too long, you will remove the budding tips for next season.
June, July, August
-Apply mulch to the bases of plants to cut down on weeds and reduce the need to water.
-Give special care to your hanging baskets as it begins to heat up. Check them twice a day (morning and evening) to see if they need water. Soak them until water runs out the bottom holes.
-Remove spent blooms on annuals and perennials to extend their blooming season.
-Feed your flowering and fruiting plants with a high phosphorus fertilizer (a high middle number). For an organic alternative try a fish emulsion.
-Do not remove the still green leaves from spring flowering bulbs. They are energizing the bulb for next year.
-Watch your petunias and geraniums carefully for the dreaded budworm. These nasty guys will eat the blooms off your plants. We recommend a systemic insecticide to get rid of them.
- This is the month to begin removing suckers and water sprouts from your fruit trees.
-Fertilize your lawn as needed.