•Spray roses susceptible to black spot disease every week with Fertilome Systemic
Fungicide, Copper Soap, or Rose Pharm. 1 Tbsp Horticultural oil mixed with 1 Tbsp
baking soda in 1 gallon water is also a good organic spray.
•Install wire “grow-through” plants supports on tall perennials and peony rings
to give them inconspicuous support this summer.
•For easy watering of many plants in the ground at one time, use a soaker hose
or drip irrigation every 7-10 days when soil is dry. Watering slowly and deeply less
often at the roots with a dripping soak is better for plants than watering overhead
with a sprinkler.
•Check plants for spider mites and bagworms, especially evergreens. Handpick
bagworms and destroy them or spray with
Caterpillar Spray with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) or Spinosad. Spray mites with
Insecticidal Soap, Horticultural Oil, or Fertilome Triple Action.
•Plant gladiolus, cannas, dahlias, caladiums, calla lilies, and elephant ears
once soil is warm. Amend soil with compost, manure, or peat moss and use Hi Yield
Bone & Bloodmeal mixed in the soil when planting.
•Use Spreader-Sticker with all liquid insecticides and herbicides except oil sprays
to help the product stick to the leaves and increase absorption and effectiveness
of the sprays.
•Use Beneficial Bacteria or Barley Straw bales or pellets to control green algae
growth in water gardens.
•Plant annual bedding plants and combination planters. Use Metro-mix potting
mix for a lightweight, well-drained soil for pots and hanging baskets. When planting
in the ground, use Mushroom Compost, Earthworm Castings, The Cow compost and manure,
or Baccto Garden Soil.
•Fertilize azaleas, rhododendrons, hollies, magnolias, dogwoods, evergreens and
others with cottonseed meal. Use 1 lb. cottonseed meal per foot of plant height and
spread evenly underneath the plant at the drip line.
•Use Neptune’s Harvest Fish Fertilizer or Fish & Seaweed Blend every other week
to feed bedding plants, vegetable gardens, perennials, fruits, and other plants throughout
the summer for vigorous growth.