01 Jul Ed Hume To-Do’s for July
Ed Hume has the following recommendations of “to-do’s” for the month of July:
Watering– The key to good watering is to water thoroughly and deeply, so there is no need to water as often. The second most important point is to use efficient sprinklers or watering devices. More on proper watering techniques.
Weeding– Ed Hume says that now is the time that weeds are apt to germinate faster and can become a real nuisance if they are not kept under control. He recommends pulling and eliminating weeds before they mature and flower and go to seed.
Summer Color– This is the time to choose and plant the summer flowering perennials—shrubs and annuals. Most all of these plants are grown in containers so they are easily transplanted into the garden. Here are some that Hume recommends:
- Heathers, Hebe, Abelia, Potentilla and Escallonia are a few of the most popular summer flowering shrubs.
- Geum, Monarda, Shasta Daisies, Carnations or Pinks, Sedums, perennial Geraniums and Delphiniums are among the most popular summer perennials.
- Geraniums, Fuchsias, Begonias, Ageratum, Salvia, Marigolds, Petunias and Lobelia are a few of the favorite July ‘Color Spots’.
Lawn Care – Hume says that watering will probably be of most concern this month, as July is often a rather warm month. Research specialists estimate that the lawn will only need one inch of water per week to keep it looking nice. The key is to water deeply, then it is not necessary to water as often. You can measure the amount of water you put onto the lawn, by simply placing coffee cans or similar containers under the sprinklers, when you water.
Fall and Winter Vegetables– July is the month to plant out your crops of fall and winter vegetables such as beets, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower and fava beans are the fall and winter crops to plant this month. This is also the month to seed your fall flowering cabbage and kale plants.
Cuttings – July and August are two of the best summer months for taking cuttings of evergreens such as rhododendrons, azaleas, junipers, camellias and heather. Hume says to take the cuttings from mature tip growth. The cuttings should only be three to six inches in length. Then remove the lower foliage and dip the cut-end into a rooting hormone solution. Start the cuttings in Vermiculite, Perlite, a combination of 50% sand and 50% peat moss or you can use a good top quality potting soil for most cuttings.