July Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  Plants that are heat tolerant are celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus. Remember to check to make sure plants are getting enough water during hot summer days.  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Vegetables: Now is a good time to plant tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, peppers, and southern peas. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida.

Bulbs: Butterfly lily, gladiolus, and society garlic can be planted during summer months.  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs.

Palms: The summer rainy season is a good time to plant palms.  It's best to brace the palms for 6-8 months after planting.  Click Here to learn morea about planting palms. 

What maintenance is required this month?

Pests: Monitor plants for pest infestation such as thrips, scales, and mites on ornamental plants. Click Here to learn more pest prevention.

Irrigation:  Install an inexpensive rain sensor that will shut off your irrigation system during rainy periods.  Click Here to learn more about irrigation for lawns.

Summer flowering shrubs: To encourage new growth and flowering, trim lightly over the summer months. For Azaleas, don't prune after mid-July to protect spring blossoms.  click Here to learn techniques on pruning.

Lawn Pests: Unhealthy grass may be because of insects infestation such as chinch bugs.  Click Here to learn more.  Click Here to learn how to determine if your lawn is being affected by insects such as chinch bug.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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