Northwest Lawn & Garden Calendar
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July is a busy month for lawn owners - a time when problems creep up, including drought stress, disease infestations, and insect damage. Check the Scotts® Annual Lawn Care Program recommended for your lawn. Now may be the time for a summer application, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® with SummerGuard®, to feed your lawn and control insects.
Spot-treat weeds in your lawn with Ortho® Weed-B-Gon MAX® Plus Crabgrass Control Ready-To-Use. It will kill all major lawn weeds, including crabgrass, without harming your lawn.
Mow your lawn at the highest setting recommended for your lawn. Doing so will help shade the grass roots from the hot sun and will encourage deep root growth.
Keep mower blades sharp and balanced.
Watch your lawn closely for signs of summer lawn diseases, such as brown patch. If you suspect a disease is attacking your lawn, contact your local garden center or extension agent for advice and apply a fungicide if necessary.
If you haven't already applied a product to control grubs, such as Scotts® GrubEx® Season-Long Grub Killer, you should do so now.
To prevent evaporation from your garden soil, apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch. Heavy rains and wind can wash it out of the garden bed, so re-apply mulch as necessary throughout the season.
Keep your annuals and perennials growing strong and healthy with the proper nutrients by feeding them every other week with Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food.
Avoid disease-encouraging conditions by watering early in the day, so plants have a chance to dry off before nightfall.
As your garden flowers bloom, don't be afraid to clip them for decorating use indoors. It will encourage more blooms. Also deadhead your flowering plants (remove spent blooms) to encourage continuous blooming.
For leggy plants, cut off the stems as well as flowers. Find the location on the stem where leaves emerge and cut back to this point. This process stimulates entire new stem growth.
Weed & Bug Control
New weeds seem to be popping up constantly at this time of year. Weeds are easiest to pull after rain or watering. To kill weeds completely, including the roots, spray them with Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Ready-To-Use Plus, being careful not to spray desirable plants.
If you notice insect damage in your garden, fight pests with Ortho® Bug-B-Gon MAX® Lawn & Garden Insect Killer.
,li>Don't forget to water and feed your houseplants. Check to make sure soil is moist and all indoor plants are receiving an adequate amount of sunlight.