Each month, Master Gardeners provide some maintenance ideas for your annuals, perennials, vegetables, lawns, trees and shrubs. These gardening tips will help you to de-stress in nature while beautifying your landscape.
We’ll feel the peak of the heat this month. Take care of your plants by applying mulch in areas that don’t have any. And don’t forget to take care of yourself by gardening in the morning or evenings to avoid the hottest part of the day. Wear long sleeves and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Japanese beetles will start to enter the soil this month and lay their eggs so it’s best to eliminate adults now to reduce future problems. Remove and destroy the beetles in soapy water. Don’t use traps because they just attract more beetles.
It’s bulb ordering time! There are so many colors and choices to consider: daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, paperwhite narcissus, lilies, gladiolus and more. Have fun dreaming of all the beautiful flowers for next year.
Check your plants throughout the week and water when the top few inches of soil are dry. Plants that are mulched or shaded need less watering. Apply your monthly fertilizer when it’s not a hot, dry spell so you don’t damage the roots of your plants. Continue to cut back faded flowers (deadheading) to the first set of leaves.
You can start to prepare for next year by taking cuttings of your plants to overwinter