July Tips

July Birth Flower - Larkspur

Household Tips

  • Check air pressure in tires for better gas mileage.
  • Clean or replace heating filters.
  • Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Put masking tape on back of plywood to reduce splintering.
  • When removing no slip strips from bathtub, spray first with Spray 'n Wash of Shout and let sit 30 minutes. Remove with a razor blade. Repeat to remove any remaining adhesive.
  • Use a crumpled newspaper to polish window panes.
  • Fertilize houseplants with Sure Bloom.

Lawn and Garden Tips

  • Apply Merit for white grubs if not done in June until the 15th.
  • Apply Broadleaf weed control if necessary - Use Gordon's Speedzone with Spreader Sticker added or Bonide Weed Beater Ultra (already contains spreader sticker)
  • Fertilize container plants every 2 weeks with Sure Bloom or Hummert Flower and Garden with Nutri-life.
  • Keep deadheading spent annual flowers for continued bloom.
  • Check for spider mite damage, especially on plants such as burning bush or alberta spruce. Leaves may be speckled above and yellowed below. Evergreen needles appear dull fray-green to yellow or brown. Spray with Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Spray Oil. This will control eggs as well.
  • Don't pinch mums after mid-july or you may delay flowering.
  • Powdery Mildew is unsightly on lilacs, bit rarely harmful. Shrubs grown in full sun are less prone to this disease. Use Immunox with spreader sticker to prevent and control.
  • Dig potatoes when the tips die. Plant fall potatoes by the 15th.
  • Cover grape clusters loosely with paper sacks to provide some protection from marauding birds.
  • Continue to apply Mushroom Stuff in the garden and newly planted trees of shrubs.
  • Use Bonide Sucker Punch to kill sucker growth on trees before suckers reach 10 inches tall.
  • The best way to control Moles is with the Wire Tek easy set Mole eliminator trap. Simply set over a mole run and step down to set.
  • Apply final application of Hummert Flower and Garden with nutri-life or Sure Bloom to tomatoes and other garden plants.