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UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra

 Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor
Serving Calaveras, Tuolumne, Amador and El Dorado counties

4-H Program Representative I
Serving Calaveras and Tuolumne counties

Gardening Tips for July

  • Watering and pest control are top of the "To Do" list.
  • Water after midnight and before 10am to reduce the chance of fungal infection and to conserve moisture.
  • Pinch off the top pair of leaves on all chrysanthemum shoots longer than 5" to keep plants bushy and produce more flowers.
  • Cut spent berry canes to the ground; tie up and fertilize new canes.
  • Cut canna stems to the ground as they finish flowering; new stems will continue to appear.
  • Prune fruit bushes again.
  • Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage continued production.
  • Dig and divide over-crowded irises and bulbs when the foliage dies off.
  • Remove spent flowers of daylilies, roses, and other bloomers a they finish flowering.
  • Fertilize roses.
  • Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.
  • Trim faded crape myrtle flowers for more fall bloom.
  • Pick up dropped fruit to prevent brown rot.  Clean around trees.
  • Pick caterpillars off vegetables and flowers.  Spray with Bt if needed.
  • Spray off aphids with water or use insecticidal soap.
  • Pull weeds when they first appear.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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