THINGS TO DO JULY
It looks like the wet spring is finally behind us, and the heat has arrived:
- Prune evergreens, especially cedars and cedar hedges. Now is the time to do it.
- Clean up spent flowers, such as peonies that are all partied-out from their wild show late-June. Cleaning up fallen petals not just looks better, it prevents moisture and disease from propagating at the base of your plants. Removing spent lilacs will also help them bloom more prolifically next year.
- Give your lawn another kick of fertilizer, especially after a good rain. Another application, while there is still moisture in the ground, will help it cope through the droughts of late July and August when it will be unable to take up nutrients.
- Clean your hummingbird feeders, and hang them out. A clean feeder is essential for the health of these remarkable birds.
- Kick back with a book. We always like to get into reading this time of year. Mark is reading a fiction book called The Overstory by Richard Powers, a Father's Day gift from Ben about 9 tree-advocates and Ben is reading The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation by David Johnston.
Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author & broadcaster and holds the Order of Canada. His son Ben is a fourth-generation urban gardener and graduate of Guelph and Dalhousie University. You can sign up for their free monthly newsletter and find his weekly podcast & blog at www.markcullen.com.
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