July Gardening: Nurturing Summer’s Splendor

"Celebrate the freedom and abundance of July, where nature's vibrant palette paints a masterpiece in every garden bed." - Unknown

Welcome to July, the heart of summer, where the garden is a haven of tranquility and vibrancy. July brings warmth, abundant growth, and the need for diligent care. As you immerse yourself in the joys of gardening, remember to find moments of serenity amidst the busyness. Take a deep breath, appreciate the beauty surrounding you, and let’s dive into our July gardening checklist to ensure your garden thrives throughout this season.

Early July Tasks

  • Water your garden thoroughly in the morning to support deep root growth and prevent wilting in the summer heat. Check the soil’s moisture level by digging down 2-3 inches to ensure water reaches the plant’s roots.
  • Refresh mulch in areas where it has worn thin to retain ground moisture. Loosen and fluff mulch to facilitate water penetration into the soil.
  • Provide consistent watering for container plants, especially those in full sun. Trim back straggly plants to encourage fresh growth and blossoms.
  • Tackle weeds while they are small and before they set seed, preventing them from competing with your plants.
  • For mums and asters, stop pinching back by July 4th to allow them to form buds for fall blooming. Begin fertilizing these plants by the end of the month.
  • Continue staking taller plants and training vines as needed for optimal growth and support.
  • Update and refresh your containers and beds with spectacular summer annuals. Lantana, Verbena, Zinnia and Hens & Chicks are a great way to add beauty and interest on those warm days.

Mid-July Tasks

  • Maintain the beauty of your garden by deadheading spent flowers, promoting continual bloom and a tidy appearance.
  • Combat slug damage on thinner-leafed hostas by pinching off lower leaves that lay on the ground, discouraging slugs from climbing into the plant. Consider additional measures if a serious slug problem persists.
  • Give your rose bushes another feeding with a slow-release fertilizer to support ongoing blooms through fall and to promote overall plant health.
  • Be vigilant for signs of insect or disease damage, taking immediate action to control the issue. Stop by your favorite Flowerland store if you have questions or need advice on how to treat a specific issue.

Late July Tasks

  • Continue to keep the hose and water handy as we move through July and head towards August. Deeply water your gardens and containers, especially if rain is scarce. Early morning is best to limit evaporation. 
  • Trim back the stems of your Tall Bearded Iris once the blooms have faded, leaving the foliage to absorb light and nutrients.
  • If the Iris foliage begins to look tired, trim it back to 6″ to 8″ above the ground.
  • For successive flowering through July, consider adding Siberian and Japanese Irises in with your Tall Bearded Irises.
  • Divide and replant or replace Iris rhizomes every 2 to 3 years. Dig up the entire clump, discard old woody rhizomes from the center, and separate healthy rhizomes around the edges. Cut foliage back to about 5 inches and replant individual rhizomes in groups of three in a sunny, well-drained location.
  • Embrace the spirit of sharing by offering extra iris rhizomes to fellow gardeners, spreading beauty and joy.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the wonders of your garden and savor the fruits of your labor. Let the peacefulness of nature fill your soul.

Your July Garden will Burst With Color

Adding some July-blooming shrubs and perennials will have your garden bursting with color. These Flowerland favorites sparkle at this time of year: Coneflower, Hydrangea, Black-eyed Susan, Lavender, Roses, False Sunflower, Ninebark, Crocosmia, Butterfly Bush and Yarrow.

July is the month to Nurture your Garden Sanctuary

Remember, your garden is a sanctuary of growth and renewal. Take pleasure in each task and nurture your plants with care. With proper attention and a touch of gentleness, your garden will flourish, revealing the full splendor of summer.

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