July Garden To-Do List
July may bring triple digit temperatures to Texas, but it's also a great time to check some things off of your gardening list. Natural Gardener Austin and The Farmer's Almanac both have a lengthy list of plants, flowers, and edibles that are perfect to plant this month, along with other great gardening tips to maintain your garden's beauty.
Plant These Seeds In July
-Perennials: Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Copper Canyon Daisy, Cupheas, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Plumbago, Lantana, Daylily
-Annuals: Geranium, Marigolds, Periwinkle, Zinnia.
-Vegetables: Pumpkins, Gourds, Squash, Onions, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn, Sweet Potato
-Fruits: Cantaloupe and Watermelon
-Herbs: Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme
What Else Should You Be Doing?
There isn't a lot that needs to be done for garden maintenance in July - which is great news since the temperatures will keep climbing. The few things that do need to be done can be taken care of in the early morning or evening, when it's a little cooler outside.
-Plant Care: Pay attention to the water needs of lawns, ornamental plants, and vegetables in the typically hot dry days of mid-summer, being attentive particularly to new plants with undeveloped root systems and to outdoor potted plants, which can dry out quickly.
-Prune: Prune out any dead or broken branches of woody ornamentals (trees and shrubs), but avoid major pruning during the heat of summer.Cut back spent flowers of annuals and perennials to encourage new blooms.
-Fertilize: Fertilize annuals and young trees.
-Lawn Care: Mow every 5-7 days and leave the clippings on the lawn. Clippings return a significant amount of nutrients to the growing grass. In warm weather, they’ll decompose quite rapidly, and naturally provide nutrients to keep your lawn healthy. They also cover the surface and help reduce weed competition.
-Consider: Consider investing in soaker hoses and/or drip irrigation. They put water right where it's needed – in the soil, next to your plant’s roots. This saves water and money, it’s better for your plants, and it may even prevent the occurrence and spread of certain diseases.