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July Garden Tasks

July Garden Tasks

July Garden Tasks

The message is loud and clear that it is hot out there. You put a lot of hard work and planning into your yard and garden, and we want to make sure it sails through the hot summer. Our July Garden Task list offers advice to help you keep your cool when heat hits your garden.

Leaf Me Alone

Leaves are sensitive, and the tips of the leaves are the most sensitive part. Still, if just the leaf tips are hurt, that might be okay. If just the outer layer of leaves on the plant are hurt, that might be okay too. Plants have ways to protect themselves and they know just what to do with those heat damaged leaves: they are used as an umbrella to shade the rest of the plant! Please do not prune off those leaves. If it is more than just the outer leaves, please bring in a bagged sample and let one of our gurus take a closer look.

Frost Cloth As Shade Material

Remember the frost cloth you used last winter? That frost cloth is also the perfect material to use as shade. In the winter it covers the plant completely to insulate it from cold. In the summer months, you can repurpose frost cloth by placing it in front of the plant so it casts shade during the hottest part of the day.

Stop Damage With Wilt Stop®

Bonide® Wilt Stop® is also a great way to protect your younger plants that have too many leaves damaged by heat. Wilt Stop slows the water loss from leaves, keeping them hydrated. This is an especially good solution for younger plants that don’t have a lot of leaves yet and need extra protection from strong sun and heat.

Check the Soil Before Watering

Are you seeing your plants wilt in the middle of the day? Please do not rush to turn on the water! Plants can wilt on purpose to protect themselves from extreme heat and sun. Always check the soil first to see if it is dry and needs water. If we add water it doesn’t need, we can add drowning to the stress. If the soil is indeed dry, adjust your watering schedule to help your plants get through our hot Mediterranean summers.

When using overhead water by sprinklers, be sure to only water early in the day. Wet plants burn when the hot sun hits them. If we use sprinklers at night, diseases like powdery mildew and rust show up. Lawns easily get diseases and mushrooms when watered at night. Sprinklers are best used from about 4am to 8am in the summer.

Other Tasks For July

  • Pick up dropped fruit off the ground to stop insect and disease cycles.
  • Feed veggie gardens each month with organic fertilizers.
  • Adjust mower height so cut grass is tall enough to keep the sun from hitting the soil. Taller lawn keeps irrigation in longer and stops weeds from sprouting.
  • Keep an eye out for suckers growing at the soil line or below graft lines for citrus, olives, fruit trees, and roses. Prune off all suckers.
  • Still have room to plant more veggies? It's time to plant seeds for broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower.
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