Tips for July Lawn and Garden

July rainfall is light.  Soaring temperatures make all that June gloom dry up causing your garden, and your law slow down and conserve.  But July is also when several plants in your garden will need some extra TLC and affection to stay healthy and happy.


In your Garden:

Prune the dead damaged or diseased branches to prevent them from falling during summer storms.  If the branch is already dead or cracked, it is unlikely to return to its former glory, and it can be a safety hazard during sever summer storms.

Deadhead roses and other flowering shrubs so they will keep replacing dying blossoms with fresh blooms.

Stop fertilizing trees and shrubs.  During the heat of the summer, trees and shrubs need time to halt growth and strengthen.  There will be less moisture and plants need a break just like people do.

Apply extra mulch around the roots of trees and shrubs to hold in moisture. 

Water trees deeply, but not over often.

Don’t forget to water your container plants daily – maybe even twice a day during dry July heat.  It is better to water them in the cool of the morning or evening.  Think about how mother nature cools down when raining on plants and copy her.

Don’t Ignore your Lawn:

Keep mowing as needed.

Make sure your lawn gets at least an inch of water every week.  If it doesn’t fall out of the sky, water it yourself.  Even though your lawn still needs water, it is time to cut back the fertilizer.   Do not add fertilizer to dry ground.  Even natural fertilizers can burn grass when they are a concentrated chemical.  Wait until you know it will rain or you will water.

Mulch your grass clippings.  This helps cool, shade and feed your lawn in a way it can absorb.

Keep an eye out for developing brown spots.  If you see these, visit and contact us.  We can send out a professional to your home to evaluate your lawn problems.  If you decide to turn the lawncare over to you will begin enjoying a rich green healthy lawn, safe for the whole family, including the pets.

Other summer tips:

Suet feeders may still be popular, but keep in mind they may spoil more quickly in hot weather.  Change suet feeders regularly to avoid making birds ill.

Hummingbird feeders should be changed every few days, and no longer than a week.  If the nectar turns cloudy, you waited too long and need to change it immediately.

Refresh the water in bird baths and fountains

If you are the person handling your garden work and lawncare, work outdoors in the cool of the morning.  Stay hydrated, and avoid too many hours in direct sunlight.

July is also a good time to take another look at your potted houseplants.  Repot any rootbound plants into a larger pot.  Rearrange plants that are aren’t getting the sun they need.

If you still think July is really about hanging out around the pool or grill or both, Greensman says Enjoy!  Leave the lawncare and gardening to us and we can get you set for this summer and the next.  Visit today and let us know what you need.  We can give you an estimate to get you started on your lush green lawn.