What to Do in the Garden

July 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

from Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. 

What to Do in the Garden
  • Don’t fertilize your lawn during the hot weather. Cut your grass higher in order to help shade out weeds and conserve moisture.
  • If you are watering your lawn, make sure it receives an inch of water per week (from rainfall and supplemental watering).
  • Deadhead roses, dahlias, cannas, hydrangeas and annuals to encourage rebloom. Take a scissors to your lavender, catmint and ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis and give them a haircut.
  • Cut off the spent flowers on lady’s mantle when they’ve turned brown. Cut back the foliage almost to the ground to force the plant to make new, more attractive leaves.
  • Hope for better temperatures so that your tomato flowers will set fruit. If it’s too hot or too cold, your plant won’t produce. Blossoms don’t set fruit if the nighttime temperature is below 55 F, if the nighttime temperature is above 75 F, and if the daytime temperature is above 90 F. The ideal daytime temperature for tomato fruit set is between 70 and 85 F.
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