July Gardening Tips

Miscellaneous

  • Check the soil moisture of container grown vegetables and flowers daily. As the temperature rises, some plants may need water twice a day.
  • If you want to raise summer-flowering plants from your own seed, then now is time to start collecting. If you delay your collecting for too long then the seeds might end up dropping into the garden soil. 
  • Do you grow herbs? Pick, dry and freeze them now. Herbs are perfect to freeze and it’ll make sure that you have plenty to use throughout the year. If, when chopping your herbs, you find you are left with some leftover, a little trick is to pop them in an ice cube tray with water and freeze them into herb-ice cubes.
  • Keep an eye out for pests on your plants – it’s always best to spot them early and treat them right away.
  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch! Mulch to keep weeds down, cool down trees and shrubs root systems and increase water retention in the soil.
  • Keep tabs on rainfall and water as needed.
  • Stay ahead of weeds, pull or use Bonide Weed Beater in lawns to kill broadleaf weeds.
  • Keep lawns cut at about 4″ high, to protect from summer heat.

Vegetables

  • Harvest daily.  Share your bounty with family and friends …or the staff at your favorite garden center.
  • Start fall crops of peas, beans and cold crops like broccoli.

Fruit

  • Check berries bushes regularly to harvest before the birds get them or use bird netting to keep the birds out.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Prune summer flowering shrubs like Roses, Lilacs and Weigela as soon as the blossoms fade.