When it was spring, you slaved over your lawn to make sure that it was perfect for summer. Now it’s July and your plants are starting to wither in the heat, your grass is drying up, and you’re not sure what to do next. July is one of those summer months where Northwest Arkansas doesn’t get a lot of rainfall. This can cause big problems for your lawn and garden if you don’t keep up with your July to-do list. Here are a few things to do in July, so that you can keep your lawn looking its best.
July heat is no joke and it will seriously damage your lawn. When rainfall is scarce you will need to make sure your lawn is getting at least an inch of water per week. You can use a rain gauge or a flat-sided can and measure the amount of water received from rainfall and irrigation, to ensure your lawn is receiving the water it needs.
Trees and Shrubs
On trees and shrubs, it is important to prune away dead or damaged parts early in the month of July. It is also important to stop fertilizing trees and shrubs during this month. This allows them to reduce growth during the heat of the summer. Make sure to add extra mulch around their bases to lock in moisture. If you have trees or shrubs in containers, move them into the shade and continue ensuring that they have enough water.
Most home-owners will choose perennial flowers such as lilies and hydrangeas to plant in the spring and last through the summer. It is important to keep these flowers well hydrated and give them a light trim in their bushy or lengthy areas to promote blooming. When planning to cut flowers to go inside, make sure to cut them in the early morning when the stems are most plump. This will help your flowers to live longer once cut.
Summer vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn are nearing the end of their harvest. Make sure to continue weeding, watering, and removing harmful insects from these plants while they are growing. Once they are ready, harvest the veggies to save them from being scorched in the July sun.
Keeping herbs well-trimmed will promote growth, so give the herbs a nice little haircut and use the cuttings for your needs. A pro-tip is to cut herbs just as the flower buds appear. This helps to enrich the flavor of the herbs and then you can shear annuals back to encourage a second harvest.
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