Perennial Care for July


Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’

It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid July.  It seems like each year goes faster than the last.  Your chores in your perennial beds change this time of year.  A lot of areas start to dry out more than they do in the Spring and you have more insects to consider.  Planting should only be done this time of year if you have the time to water your new plants consistently.  The same applies to any transplanting or dividing that you are thinking about.  Make sure that these waterings are less frequent but deeper.  By watering more deeply you are encouraging the plants roots to go deeper.  Here are a few more things you need to make sure to look after:

  1. Perennials that have been cut back will also need to be looked after for water.
  2. Heavy-feeding perennials or those that have been cut back to encourage a second bloom could stand to be fertilized with a water soluble fertilizer.
  3. Aerating may be needed in compacted areas.
  4. Staking may be needed in compacted areas.
  5. Watch for mites, beetles and other insects and slugs this time of year.  If you have a specific question you can always email me an image and I’ll post it here to help others out as well.
  6. Older plants that have gotten leggy can be cut back.  Tradescantia is a good example of what might need to be trimmed back.
  7. Deadleaf plants that have already bloomed and are starting to look bad; at the same time make sure you are keeping up with your deadheading.

As always I have to give credit where it is due.  If you would like the same reading material I am looking at for these hints look for The Well Tended Perennial Garden by Tracey DiSabato-Aust.

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