Hot months are upon us so here are a few gardening tips to keep those plants alive and grass greener on your side the fence. (Pun completely intended.)
- Do not water cool-season grasses such as fescue, bluegrass, or ryegrass in the summer unless you plan to do so consistently all season. They will be lost if you discontinue watering in midsummer. Warm-weather grasses such as Bermuda, by contrast, need plenty of water during the peak-growth summer months.
- Apply preventative fungicide for brown patch in fescue lawns
- To kill Japanese beetles underground, spread Diazinon to poison them or apply a biological control, milky spore disease (Bacillus popilliae), which seeks out and kills the young Japanese beetles underground. Spread Sevin on plants infested with Japanese beetles. Sevin dust generally is more effective than liquid Sevin but must be reapplied after rains. Pyrethrum-based plant sprays kill beetles on contact and can be used whenever the beetles are spotted.
- Spread mangranite if grass needs greening. Repeat treatment for grubs with Diazinon
- Inspect plants for disease or insects
- Prune any shrubs that have finished flowering
- Remove the tiny stalks and leaves that appear on the bark of dogwoods at this time of year. These water sprouts encourage the spread of dogwood anthracnose disease.
- Add mulch to beds for water retention
So there you have it...remember to wear your sun block when you are working in the yard even on a cloudy day!!
Don't forget the big floppy hat, a must when you are working in the yard and that is straight from the run ways of New York. They are in this season.
And plenty of liquid...you pick the liquid, but water would hydrate you the best.