Things to Do This Month
Ornamental Annuals and Perennials
- Place tropical water lilies in water gardens.
- Fertilize roses with a balanced fertilizer.
- Spray roses with fungicide every two weeks to control black spot, powdery mildew and other fungus diseases.
- Check containers daily for soil moisture, and water as needed. Fertilize weekly with water soluble fertilizer.
- Water as necessary to prevent drought stress. Heavily irrigated lawns are more attractive to grub-laying Japanese beetles, however.
- Gradually raise lawn mower deck for zoysia grasses as summer progresses.
- Mow frequently during periods of rapid growth to remove no more than 1/3 of turf height.
- Avoid using herbicides when temperatures exceed 80 degrees F.
Trees and Shrubs
- Monitor evergreens and other trees and shrubs for bagworms.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs, if needed.
- Take softwood cuttings now to propagate favorite trees and shrubs.
- Prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs.
Fruits and Vegetables
- Monitor vegetable garden for pests. Early detection and control prevents more serious infestations.
- Plant pumpkin seeds now.
- Control cucumber beetles and squash vine borers with a regular spray schedule, beginning when vines start to run.
- Make sure tomatoes receive consistent water supply to avoid blossom end rot.
- Freshen water in birdbaths regularly and check for standing water around the home and garden where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
- Make sure houseplants are protected from afternoon sun.
For more gardening tips for this month, go toKemper Center for Home Gardening Garden Calendar