It is still a little too hot in July to plant most plants. It is best to use this time to maintain your garden and begin prepping it for fall. Pull weeds, keep fungus in check, redo your container gardens and remove suckers from your fruit trees.
Get out in the garden in the early morning or late evening to beat the heat, and make sure to stay hydrated and drinks lots of water!!
Weeds thrive this time of year. Doing a little weeding more often sure beats the monster job you’ll have if you ignore weeds all together.
It’s much easier to pull weeds when the ground is moist—so early evening, after the daily showers, is a great time to get out and weed a bed.
Look our for fungus.
Fungus can become a problem during the rainy season.
Be sure to shut off your irrigation system and let Mother Nature take over. If you begin to see brown spots in your lawn and landscape, we can let you know which fungicide will work best for you.
Neem Oil, an organic insect control, helps with some fungal diseases. It is especially effective on plumeria and fig trees.
Spruce up your front yard and pool area with container gardens.
Container plants are easy to maintain and provide an instant splash of color and excitement.
Maintain your citrus and fruit trees
Remove any suckers that have grown below the graft of your trees. These take energy from the tree and don’t produce desirable fruit.
Sooty mold may become a problem on your citrus, gardenias, and ixoras. This is an indication that there are insects present (most likely aphids, mealy bugs, or mites).
The best control is a horticultural oil spray such as All Season Spray Oil, the organic insect control Neem Oil, or insecticidal soap. If you see ladybugs in your yard you’ve got the best insect control possible—they’ll take care of most of your populations of aphids, mites, and mealy bugs.
Avocados and mangos ripen to taste after they are picked. Watch your fruit and pick when they reach a good size but are still hard; they will soften and come to taste indoors.
annuals + perennials to plant now
- blue wonder
- New Guinea impatiens
herbs + vegetables to plant now
- black-eyed peas
- cherry tomatoes
- malabar spinach
Consider planting a terrarium or a fairy garden for a fun indoor gardening project and to add a “living art piece” in your home