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On June 30th, 2019

July garden tips

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  • Plant seeds of fast-growing annual flowers, such as zinnias, sunflowers, morning glories and moonvines.
  • Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns. Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster, Fertilome Systemic Insect Spray or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.
  • Deadhead roses and continue a spray program to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Bonide Revitalize for organic gardeners.
  • Avoid fertilizing roses in the heat of the summer, even if flowering slows. Intense heat, not lack of fertility, is the problem. Wait until late August/early September to lightly fertilize for a nice fall bloom.
  • Keep annuals and perennials deadheaded and well watered to prolong blooming.
  • Apply Sluggo or Earth-Tone Bug and Slug Control for Organic Gardening if damage from snails and slugs occurs. Sluggo targets only slugs and snails. Earth-Tone Bug and Slug Control for Organic Gardening also kills sowbugs, pillbugs, earwigs and cutworms.
  • Set out heat-tolerant tomato transplants.
  • Plant pumpkin seeds by mid-July for Halloween harvest.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects, such as crape myrtles, with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray. Apply early or late, not in the heat of the day.
  • Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Bonide Revitalize for gardeners who prefer organic products.
  • Prune azaleas, hydrangeas and gardenias, if needed, before mid-July to avoid cutting off next year’s blooms.
  • Irrigate lawns and landscape and vegetable gardens in the absence of rain. Be sure to water the soil deeply. Light sprinkling does more harm than good.
  • Remove suckers that sprout at the base of trees, such as crape myrtles, vitex and yaupon holly. Don't leave stubs.
  • Give your soil a boost with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food if you decide to replant your beds.
  • Plant seeds of okra, Southern peas, watermelons, cucumbers, summer squash and cantaloupes.
  • Treat white flies and the accompanying sooty mold on gardenias with an application of Fertilome Systemic Insect Spray. Apply early or late, not in the heat of the day.
  • For a healthy lawn, mow it to the proper height for the type of grass LSU AgCenter recommends: bermudagrass, 1 to 2 inches; zoysia, 1 to 2.5 inches; centipedegrass, 1 to 2.5 inches; St. Augustinegrass, 2.5 to 3 inches.
  • Pick produce regularly to keep vegetable plants producing as long as possible.

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