July is the time to cut faded flowers from flowering annuals & perennials to encourage new growth and blooms.
Old blooms and seed heads left on the plants can negatively affect the flower's continuous production. There are a number of advantages to deadheading: it will improve the appearance of a plant by removing the unattractive dead flowers that are mixed with the newly opened blooms. It will encourage annuals to bloom more and for a longer period of time. For those that self-seed, it will prevent unwanted seedlings from popping up all over the garden. The plants that respond best to deadheading are those annuals and perennials that bloom over a relatively long season and some summer-flowering trees.
JULY TO DO LIST:
-During dry spells, keep the garden watered. Remember: soaking is more beneficial than a daily light sprinkling.
-Watering between 6-10am is ideal to avoid evaporation.
-Conserve water, relieve plant stress and control weeds by applying a 2'' thick layer of mulch.
-Plant all tropicals. Water well and they will thrive in this heat.
-Plant heat-loving annuals.
-Feed perennials and annuals to keep them blooming. Organic fertilizers like Fox Farms or Dr. Earth are ideal because they are organic and won't burn the plants in this heat.
-Water lawn in the early morning so it will have time to dry before night.
-Keep birdbaths clean and full, especially this time of the year.
-Prune azaleas no later than mid-month.
-Keep caladiums well-watered during this hot, dry weather to keep the foliage in good shape through the summer. You may apply fertilizer now to encourage vigorous growth. Break off any flowers that form.
-Finish pruning with any shrubs that bloom in the winter or spring. Pruning too late may interfere with flowering.
-Keep up with weeding as they can get out of hand very fast this time of year with all our rain.