July Garden Calendar
- Grubs begin feeding on lawns in July and August. Apply Hi-Yield’s Grub Free Zone II to prevent damage and provide season-long control.
- Continue to monitor sprinkler systems for consistent coverage. Grass needs 1 inch of water per week uniformly spread throughout the area.
- Brown Patch may start to be a problem in high humidity areas. Fungicides work better as preventatives and should be applied in areas where there was a problem in the past.
- Feed warm-season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia now. Buffalo grass should only be fed once a year with Ferti•lome Greenmaker or Milorganite. Overfeeding Buffalo grass will cause it to become weedy.
- Control bermudagrass in fescue lawns without harming the existing fescue with Hi-Yield Turflon Ester or BioAdvanced Bermuda Control For Lawns. They need to be applied while Bermuda is actively growing. For control, multiple applications at three-week intervals are required. Do not apply to the root zone of trees.
Gardens and Pests
- Continue to watch for pests such as bagworms, spider mites, budworms, and aphids.
- Japanese Beetles and Green June Bugs are active now. While Green June Bugs tend to cause little damage, Japanese Beetles are much more destructive. See our handout for the difference between these two beetles.
- Continue dumping standing water and putting Mosquito Bits containing Bt in the water to control mosquitos. Adults can be repelled or controlled with multiple products.
- Tropicals and annuals will need to be fed throughout the summer to bloom their best. Ferti•lome Blooming and Rooting can give them a boost.
- Many perennials are done with their initial blooms now. Deadheading or shearing them back will encourage reblooming.
- Vegetable Gardens need deep watering and feeding throughout the season to yield their best.
- Add compost and organic fertilizer to hydrangeas this time of year for an impressive bloom next year.
Trees and Shrubs
- It’s important to water new trees and shrubs for up to 2 years after planting. However, with our heavy clay soils, it is possible to overwater them. Deep watering (low and slow) once a week is preferred. Talk to our Garden Center Experts for exceptions.
- Bring in samples of insects, fungas diseases, or weeds, and our staff will be happy to help you find a solution.