July Checklist

  • Transplant new chrysanthemum plants.
  • Start a compost pile.
  • Side dress rhubarb with well-rotted manure or humus from the compost pile.
  • Plant seeds of early cabbage, ornamental kale, and broccoli in cell packs early in the month for transplanting in early August.
  • Continue pulling weeds. Put them in the compost pile.
  • Train staked tomatoes to one or two vines by removing all other branches as soon as they appear.
  • Thoroughly water your newly planted trees and shrubs.
  • As perennials finish blooming, cut off the blooms and fertilize the plants.
  • Stake perennials as needed.
  • Apply mulches around trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals to maintain soil moisture and an even soil temperature. Cover the soil 2 inches thick. Keep mulch away from the trunks of trees and shrubs.
  • Prop branches of heavily loaded fruit trees.
  • Renovate established strawberry plantings.
  • Pinch established chrysanthemums to develop fuller and stockier plants early in the month.
  • Harvest vegetables regularly for continued production.
  • Remove spent flowers from annual flowers to keep them flowering.
  • Divide clumps of crowded iris and Oriental poppies.
  • Continue to mow the lawn at 2-1/2 inches.
  • Water the lawn and garden deeply or don’t water at all.
  • Mulch your roses.
  • Stay cool!

Adapted from “Seeds of Hope… Harvest of Pride!” – Gardener’s Checklist, www.bright.net/~gardens/index.html