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July 9, 2013

Purdue University: July garden calendar

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Watch closely houseplants that have been set outdoors. They need more water than they did indoors. They can dry out rapidly in hot, summer breezes.

Propagate houseplants by taking cuttings from vigorously growing plants. Place cut end in rooting media, such as perlite, vermiculite or peat moss soil mix. Enclose in plastic, and keep out of direct sunlight.

YARD (Lawns, woody ornamentals and fruits)

Keep newly established plants watered during dry weather. Allow water to penetrate deeply into soil rather than sprinkling frequently and lightly.

Apply mulch around young plants to help conserve soil moisture and control weeds.

Do not plant bare-root or ball-and-burlap stock at this time of year. Container-grown plants still may be planted, but only if you can keep them well watered.

Continue a fruit tree spray program to keep diseases and insects under control.

Remove water sprouts (sprouts from the trunk) and suckers (sprouts from the roots) from fruit trees.

For those fortunate growers who have a good crop this year, prop up fruit tree branches that are heavily loaded with fruit.

Pinch off faded rose blossoms. Continue rose spray program to control insects and diseases.

Many Indiana trees are plagued by “lawn-mower blight.” Be careful to avoid nicking tree trunks while mowing.

When watering lawns, apply 1 to 1.5 inches of water in a single application per week. Frequent, light sprinklings will encourage roots to stay shallow, making them more susceptible to drought.

Bluegrass is a cool-season plant and is under great stress during hot, dry summers. If water is not applied, the bluegrass will become dormant and will turn brown, until more favorable conditions arrive in autumn. For extreme dry conditions, rescue watering is required to keep the plants alive, while still dormant. Apply one-half inch of water every 2-4 weeks.

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