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July 

Week 1:

  • Continue to check newly planted trees and shrubs for moisture.
  • Check all outdoor plants for insects; monitor lawns for grubs and larvae.
  • Pinch perennials to encouraging branching, up to July 15th.
  • After foliage has yellowed, spring bulbs can be dug and stored for fall planting.
  • For fall blooming mums, take second and last pinching before July 4th. Inter-plant with annuals to disguise.

Week 2:

  • Prune diseased or dead plant materials; continue trimming landscape shrubs.
  • Lecanium scale in crawler stage is active on evergreen plants; bronze birch borer larvae are also active.
  • Continue to weed in flower, tree and vegetable gardens.
  • Raise mower heights as the dormant season approaches. Let grass grown longer to "shade" the crown.

Week 3:

  • Some spring blooming perennials can be dug and divided if overcrowded.
  • Think about spring flowering bulb needs and order for next year.
  • During hot periods, spider mite population may rise to damaging levels if unchecked.
  • Remove faded bloomed from plants.
  • Avoid fertilizing plant and lawn material.
  • Continue to monitor for insects and/or disease.

Week 4:

  • Monitor hanging plants for liquid fertilizer needs; stop fertilizing roses and evergreens.
  • The skeletonizing insects are becoming active.
  • Containerized nursery stock can still be purchased and planted.
  • Avoid herbicide applications in hot temperatures.
  • Stain and waterproof decks during dry spells.

NOTES:

Plants may need up to two inches of water during hot weeks.