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Monday, Jul. 28th 2014

July Gardening Calendar Week 4


  • Provide water in the garden for the birds, especially during dry weather.
  • Remove infected leaves from roses. Pick up fallen leaves. Continue fungicidal sprays as needed.
  • While spraying roses with fungicides, mix extra and spray hardy phlox to prevent powdery mildew.
  • Newly planted trees and shrubs should continue to be watered thoroughly, once a week.
  • Fertilize container plants every 2 weeks with a water soluble solution.
  • Keep weeds from making seeds now. This will mean less weeding next year.
  • Keep deadheading spent annual flowers for continued bloom.
  • Perennials that have finished blooming should be deadheaded. Cut back the foliage some to encourage tidier appearance.
  • Semi-hardwood cuttings of spring flowering shrubs can be made now.
  • Summer pruning of shade trees can be done now.
  • Divide bearded iris now.



  • Water frequently enough to prevent wilting. Early morning irrigation allows turf to dry before nightfall and will reduce the chance of disease.
  • Monitor lawns for newly hatched white grubs. If damage is occurring, apply appropriate controls, following product label directions.


  • Blossom-end rot of tomato and peppers occurs when soil moisture is uneven. Water when soils begin to dry; maintain a 2-3 inch layer of mulch.
  • For the fall garden, sow seeds of collards, kale, sweet corn and summer squash as earlier crops are harvested.
  • Set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower transplants for the fall garden.
  • Sow seeds of carrots, beets, turnips, and winter radish for fall harvest.


  • Cover grape clusters loosely with paper sacks to provide some protection from marauding birds.
  • Early peach varieties ripen now.
  • Thornless blackberries ripen now.



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