•Spray roses susceptible to black spot disease every week with Fertilome Systemic
Fungicide, Triple Action, or Copper Soap Fungicide. 1 Tbsp Horticultural oil mixed
with 1 Tbsp baking soda in 1 gallon water is also a good organic spray.
•For easy watering of many plants in the ground at one time, use a soaker hose
for 2 hours 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 or watering can.
•Check plants for spider mites and bagworms, especially evergreens. Handpick
bagworms and destroy them, or spray with Natural Guard Caterpillar Spray with Bt
(Bacillus thuringiensis) or Natural Guard Spinosad. Spray mites with Insecticidal
Soap, Horticultural Oil, or Fertilome Triple Action.
•Plant gladiolus, cannas, dahlias, caladiums, calla lilies, and elephant ears
now that the soil is warm. Amend soil with compost and manure, 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.
•Plant perennials for summer color and to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Use Mushroom Compost, Earthworm Castings, The Cow compost and manure, or Baccto Garden
Soil when planting and use Fertilome Root Stimulator every 2 weeks.
•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.
•Prune spring blooming shrubs like azaleas, forsythia, lilacs, weigela, spirea,
etc., to shape them or reduce their size.
•Deadhead perennials that have finished blooming such as irises, peonies, and
daylilies by removing the flower stalk so they do not put all their energy into producing
•Mulch trees, shrubs, perennials, roses, fruits, and annuals with shredded hardwood,
cypress, or cedar mulch to inhibit weed growth and help hold moisture in the soil.
•Keep water gardens clean and provide oxygen to fish by placing potted oxygenators
in the bottom of the pond.