July 7It is pretty hot out there. Remember to drink plenty of fluids when doing garden work, and try to get things done in the morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Here's a list of things to keep an eye on.
- Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. It’s not too hot to do so as long as you’ll be around to water thoroughly as needed!
- Prune maple, birch, and other ‘bleeders’. Other trees may also be pruned now. Pruning Guide
- Watch for webworm in honeylocust and others. Break up webs with a broom.
- Watch for black spot and powdery mildew on roses. Treat as needed.
- Watch for bagworms on spruce, juniper, and others. Hand-picking is most effective at this point in the season.
- Watch for spider mites on conifers. Treat as needed with horticultural oil.
- Irrigate the lawn and landscape as needed. One inch per week is sufficient.
- Maintain mulch depths of 2 to 3 inches to conserve moisture. Mulch Calculator
- Sharpen the lawn mower blade and change the engine oil.
- Waiting for a glut of tomatoes? Read up on how to preserve your late summer bounty.
- Plan to preserve the vegetables that you love to eat, but remember "safety first!". Canning Vegetables