Priscilla’s To-Do List for July/Early August

  • Lift and divide tall bearded iris now through the end of September
  • Keep up with weeding and deadheading
  • Top off mulch if bare soil emerges after weeding or heavy downpours
  • Stake any plant preventatively that threatens to flop
  • Prune spring blooming trees and shrubs
  • Remove spent vegetables from the garden and replant open areas with carrots, beets, summer squash, string beans or radishes
  • Keep up with watering containers and anything newly planted
  • Hold off on transplanting and dividing until cooler weather
  • Visit an open garden in your travels for fresh inspiration
  • Hardscape projects of any type can be undertaken now
  • Keep an eye out for deer and rabbit damage to gardens and take preventative measures
  • Follow the shade around your property as you work in the garden on hot days
  • Wear sunscreen and tick repellent when you are outdoors, avoiding edge areas where ticks tend to congregate
  • Prune long vegetative canes of roses to force energy into bud making on shorter, productive canes
  • Prune vegetative runners of wisteria
  • Dig and reset strawberry runners to create new plants (if desired) or else clip off this excess and discard, forcing energy into the mother plant roots