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
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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