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So far this year we have experienced no shortage of rainfall.  This is a good thing as we head into July and the “dog days of summer”.  For the month of June we received 7.29” of rain, which is 3.63” above normal for June.  For the year we have received 27.92” of rain which is 7.37” above normal.  And, the five days of July we have had rainfall.  These statistics put a smile on my face.  Our rivers, streams, reservoirs, and underground aquifers are full.  We keep this trend up and I won’t be having to do a blog on water restrictions.
                Here are some timely gardening tips and comments as we enter July:
  1.  With all this rain, unfortunately, come fungal issues on our plants.  Powdery Mildew is now active.  Check your dogwood trees, for example.  The new growth is curling and turning gray with the powdery mildew.  Many other plants, such as summer phlox, are also susceptible. Treat the plants with a fungicide that list powdery mildew on its label.
  2. Be on mosquito patrol.  With all this rainfall be sure to empty out any standing, stagnate water.  Standing water is a haven for mosquitoes.
  3. Conversely, we can easily go into a hot and dry period.  If and when we do, be ready to water, water, water.  This is one of July’s biggest gardening chore.
  4. Keep up with weeding.  Don’t let summer weeds go to seed.  Personally, I love spending time outside and hand-pulling weeds.  I use very little herbicides this way.  Plus it gives me something to do outside and bending over and moving around is good exercise.
  5. Be sure to give your container houseplants a good, quality feeding while they are spending the summer outside.
  6. Continue to pinch back annuals when needed and feed your blooming annuals monthly.
  7. Remove faded flowers from perennials.  “Dead – heading” re-directs energy towards healthy roots.
  8. Keep an eye out for insects on plants.  Japanese Beetles have emerged.  Either hand-pick the insects off the plants or identify the insect in order to select the suitable control product.
Posted: 7/6/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 2 comment(s)
diane reimers
Why are the edges of my bean plant leaves turning yellow and shriveling?
7/21/2016 3:44:24 PM

Some kind of insect is devouring my shasta daisy petals. I cant figure out which bug it is but I need to get rid of them. I dont know what to use, especially bc I assume it will kill the good bugs too. Once I cut off all the eaten blooms theres nothing left until they bloom again and its the same thing over and over. Please help
7/14/2016 9:35:19 PM

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