Gardening Tips for the Southeast Region for July

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Start planning your fall garden.

In the first half of the month, you can still plant okra, pole beans, lima beans, and corn. Also, plant cucumbers, squash, and snap beans. Just be sure that enough water is provided.

Be sure to harvest your fruit and vegetables continuously before any animals can get to them.

Make sure that the garden is well mulched to conserve moisture.

Water early in the morning and deeply to avoid drought stress.

Lightly fertilize your flower beds to encourage their growth.

Bulbs that can be planted in the middle of the summer include gladiolus and butterfly lily.

As long as they stay moist, you can plant annuals such as coleus, ornamental pepper, and crossandra.

Continue planting palms if it’s still wet and rainy. Support large palms with braces for 6 to 8 months after planting.

Remove any dead flowers on your plants to encourage new growth.

Plant a pumpkin for Halloween!

Prune your shrubs and trees if it is necessary. Do not heavily prune your spring-flowering shrubs.

Remove any dead or diseased plants from your garden immediately. You can replace them with new plants.

Do not neglect your container plants; they need more water than those plants in the ground.

Lawn insects can be a problem. Before treating, ensure that it’s not a moisture or disease problem.

If you haven’t prepared yet for hurricane season, make sure that all weak branches and trees are pruned.