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· Roses: Clean up and discard diseased leaves that fall from rose bushes.
· Vegetables: Monitor for frequent picking to promote more production. Remove over-ripe produce to the compost pile.
· Container Gardening: Water-holding polymers added to potting soil before planting a container will reduce the need for frequent watering.
· Prune evergreens, if needed, by the end of July so new growth has time to “harden off” before the first frost.
· Empty standing water to prevent mosquito larvae from developing.
· Remove weeds before they produce seeds.
· Bagworms are commonly found on juniper, cedar and arbor vitae. Remove “bags” by hand picking.
· Many vegetables can be started from seed in August: lettuce, green beans, carrots, beets and spinach, to name a few.
· Stop pinching mums by mid-July. Fertilize lightly with water soluble fertilizer every two weeks.
· Water landscape plantings deeply and well; one inch a week is recommended.