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Summer SeasonSummer Planting & Landscaping Tips

Move vegetables to the garden as the last average frost date passes, beginning with hardy cabbage and broccoli. Plant squash (including pumpkins), melons, cucumbers, corn and tomatoes after the last freeze date. Sow herbs like basil, dill and cilantro, or plant purchased plants. Plant summer bulbs after the last freeze date passes. Get container roses and "balled and burlapped" shrubs and trees in early to give them time to establish themselves before summer heats up, or save the shrub and tree planting for fall. Once the vegetable garden and roses are in, plant the annuals; both seeds that specify direct sowing, like nasturtiums and sunflowers, and seedlings sown indoors and purchased at the garden center. As summer warms up, take a planting break and concentrate on weeding your gardens.

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JUNE

  • It's a gardener's rule of thumb to plant your pumpkin seeds near the 4th of July for your Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

  • Keep all flower beds and vegetable gardens mulched to increase microorganizm activity in the soil and to keep tender plants from becoming dehydrated in this thick Texas heat.

  • To combat pesky mosquitos, go around the yard and empty any standing water...even from the tinest nooks and crannies.

  • It only takes 24-48 hours for a mosquito to procreate in a small amount of standing water. In areas such as birdbaths, use lemon slices or natural mosquito rings to control mosquitos without harming other wildlife.

JULY

  • Keep all flower beds and vegetable gardens mulched to increase microorganizm activity in the soil and to keep tender plants from becoming dehydrated in this thick Texas heat.

  • To combat pesky mosquitos, go around the yard and empty any standing water...even from the tinest nooks and crannies.

  • It only takes 24-48 hours for a mosquito to procreate in a small amount of standing water. In areas such as birdbaths, use lemon slices or natural mosquito rings to control mosquitos without harming other wildlife.

AUGUST

  • Plant fall-flowering bulbs, annuals and perennials such as marigolds, zinnias, celosias, and fall asters.

  • Prepare for and plant fall vegetable gardens. Plant beans and squash in early August, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower mid-month and leafy crops in late August-early September.

  • Dust diatomaceous earth (such as SoilMender or DiaSource) for natural pest control. It helps with fire ants, chinch bugs, fleas and more.

  • For additional flea defense for your pets, sprinkle diatomaceous earth on their food or apply directly to the coat.



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