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Wisconsin Yard & Garden Tips – for July

July Tips – Especially for Schrubs

 

Refrain from applying any kind of fertilizer this month as it could harm the roots.  Wait until the cooler months of fall to apply fertilizer if the plants need a nutritional boost.  This month you’ll want to keep an eye out for plant diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew, and canker.  Inspect each plant for any signs of damaging insects.  Treat diseases and infestations accordingly using an insecticidal soap and fungicide.  If you’re unsure what type to use seek the advice from one of our knowledgeable staff at Heritage Hill Nursery. 

Newly planted shrubs will need to be monitored more closely during the summer months.  It’s important to keep the ground moist but not saturated.

Mulch Matters — You may need to replenish mulches, especially those that break down quickly, such as straw or grass clippings. Mulches should be 1-3 inches.

Courtesy Better Homes & Gardens Online 

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Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

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Perennial Care for Late June & Early July 

Continue evaluating your garden.  You can keep planting if you have time and space.  During hot dry spells, pay extra attention to newly added plants.  Perennials need on average about an inch of water per week.  If you don’t have the time to keep up with the watering, consider mulching your beds.  Spreading mulch, being careful not to bury any plants, will help to retain moisture longer.   Prune back spring flowering plants such as bleeding hearts, to ground level.  Old stems of leggy plants such as delphiniums can be cut back to the fresh growth at the base of the plant.  This encourages new growth and prolongs flowering.  Stop pinching back asters, mums or other fall blooming plants this month.

 

Courtesy Courtesy of  Gardening in Wisconsin by Melinda Myers Revised Edition

LAWN TIPS 

Begin watering your lawn as needed for the summer. Or alternatively, do not water and allow the lawn to go dormant (i.e., turn brown) if natural rains are insufficient. It will brown, but comes back when it rains. However, keep in mind, that dry conditions for your lawn may invite hardy weeds to grow.

Early in July (e.g., around Independence Day), fertilize with a controlled-release or slow-release fertilizer.  For grass growing in the sun, use the label rate of the fertilizer that you have selected.  For grass growing in the shade, apply half of the label rate.  If your lawn has been consistently fertilized for 10 to 15 years, if you leave clippings on your lawn when you mow, or if your lawn has gone dormant, skip this application. 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

 

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More SE Wisconsin June Tips for Trees

Caring for Your Trees

Trees are a landscapes most important feature.  They offer privacy, shade, focal points, and serve as shelter and food for wildlife.  Planting the right tree in the right spot is a vital step that shouldn’t be dismissed quickly.  What type of soil do you have, does it retain moisture or dry out quickly?  What kind of sun exposure does the area get?  Will the tree get to big for the location?  Are you looking for year-round interest, privacy or shade?  Having the answers to questions like these will be helpful.  The well-stocked lot at Heritage Hill Nursery will give you several varieties to choose from no matter what you’re looking for.

June Tips:

Replenish mulch around trees as needed maintaining a 2 to 3-inch layer of shredded bark.  Be care not to mulch up to the base of the trunk as this can cause rotting.  Mulching can be a lot of work but it’s worth the efforts.  Many trees have suffered injuries from mower and trimmer blades and strings.  These entryways open the tree up to insects and disease.  Mulching can reduce moisture loss from evaporation and cut down on weeds.  Did you know that grass is a big competitor for water and it’s healthier for the plant if you remove the grass and provide mulch?  Although newly planted trees will probably need to be watered on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, too much water can cause the tree to die.  Trees should be watered thoroughly when the top 4-6 inches of soil is dry.  It is best to use a hose near the base of the tree, but not touching the trunk, at a steady drip for about 20 minutes.  The soil should be moist for at least 12 inches deep, but the ground not saturated.  Clay and sandy soils will need to be checked more frequently.  Prune any dead or broken branches this month except Oak trees.  They shouldn’t be pruned until the tree is in its dormant state.

Courtesy of  Gardening in Wisconsin by Melinda Myers Revised Edition

June Lawn & Garden Tips for Southeast Wisconsin

Perennials

The use of perennial beds has grown in popularity over the years as well as the quest for year-round color and interest.  Proper planning and maintenance can help achieve just that.  When creating a perennial bed or adding plants to an existing one, select the style that fits your landscape and interests.  Here are a few ideas to make maintenance easier:

  • Select and plant the right perennial for your growing conditions.
  • Start small and expand your garden as time allows. Perennial beds do require some upkeep, so if you don’t have much time it’s better to start off smaller than be overwhelmed with weeds.
  • Consider using fewer species but planting more of each variety. An overcrowded bed quickly becomes a lot of work.
  • Plan for year-round interest. Choose plants that bloom at different times during the season.   Don’t be afraid to use annuals for early spring blooms or for filling in gaps.
  • Include plants that will not only provide winter interest, but also food for the wildlife such as ornamental grasses, rudbeckias, coneflowers and other seed pod plants.
  • Consider adding foliage plants that have fall color like coral bells, sedums and evening primrose

June Tips:

Cool wet springs mean lots of diseases.  Remove spotted, blotchy, or discolored leaves as soon as they are found.  Watch for leaf-hoppers, aphids, mites and spittle bugs.  These insects all suck out plant juices causing leaves to yellow, brown and die.  Check for signs of wildlife.  Deer and rabbits love certain perennials and will need to apply repellents or noise makers to deter them from destruction.  Remove weeds as soon as they appear.  If your plants need a little nutrition boost, consider using fertilizer or top dress beds every two to four years by spreading a good compost into the soil. 

As plants begin to flower and fade, deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings, prolong bloom, and improve the overall appearance of the garden.  Tall or top-heavy plants such as peonies, will need to have cages or stakes for support.  It is easier to address those issues before they get to that point.    To prevent fall plants such as asters and mums from getting to big, or flowering to early pinch back the tops.

Be sure to check our In the Spotlight for more ideas of plants, shrubs, flowers to beautify your home! 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

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