July really is summer. The children are out of school and the gardens are growing strong. Experiment with some new Perennials and bring the children along. Discovering the joys of gardening is an ageless event.
July is the Month to Harvest Berries.
But it can also be a good time to plant
new plants. Raspberries, Blueberries, and even Strawberries can be successfully planted in July. The only difference when planting this time of year is that water becomes critical to your plants health when temperatures rise. Planting in the early morning, evening, or on a cloudy day can help reduce transplant shock. No matter your choice of berry, you can be sure we have what you need. Buying your plants now might even allow you to harvest a few berries this year.
Help with Hydrangeas
Come and talk to us about how to get your Hydrangeas to look like Dan's. This is a picture of the Hydrangeas in his yard. We have a great book, entitled Hydrangeas in the North by Tim Boebel and a handout at the counter that outlines the steps Dan has used to make his Hydrangeas bloom. It's worth a read and this link summarizes it.
He said he believes it is the combination of heavy mulching in the fall and applying Ammonium Sulfate ideally three times a year, April 1, June 1 and August 1.
Colorful Sprinklers, Wands and Sprayers
Watching your watering is crucial in July and August. Planting is still possible, but continue to water regularly. Soaker hoses work and sprinklers are good for some items and yet they damage the foliage on other items. Watering in the evening or early morning is best and keeping a slow drip on larger trees and shrubs is also a good method. - This summer seems to be off to a much better start water wise than last year's drought. and remember, the best time to reseed your lawn will be coming up at the end of August and through September.
Caution, read below.
If you notice a light green grass-like plant growing faster than your turf grass you might be dealing with a Nutsedge problem. Nutsedge is a perennial weed that reproduces by seed, underground stems, and tubers. If you try pulling this plant out you will leave behind reproductive stems and tubers in the soil.
Besides a thick, healthy lawn, the best defense against Nutsedge is a control product such as Sedge Ender from Bonide. This product will control Sedge and many other weeds without injury to your lawn if directions are followed. Unlike most weeds, hand pulling will not help with Sedge, in fact trying to pull this one out might your drive you crazy!
Keep watering and things will keep growing and remember it is still okay to plant. We are well stocked with fresh Annuals and beautiful flowering Perennials. Stop in and visit our nursery yard. It is blooming like crazy! It's a little calmer this time of year and we'd love to see you.
Tom and Janine Giles
and the Staff at Hadley Garden Center
July is the month to:
Cover developing Blueberries with netting.
Harvest herbs after morning dew has dried.
Last chance to apply Merit to control grubs in your lawn.
Watch for Japanese Beetles dining on leaves.
Prune back annuals by a third to keep them from getting leggy.
You can still start from seed: Beets, Kale, Carrots, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Turnip.