July 1 2006 Timely Tips





July 1, 2006

  • Now is the time to plan for next spring. Consider digging and dividing any crowded spring bulbs. Once bulbs have matured and the foliage has turned brown, it is time to spade them up and thin out the stand. Crowded bulbs produce fewer and smaller blooms. They usually need thinning every 3 to 4 years. Replant immediately in organically enriched prepared soils.
  • Plant crape myrtles while they are in bloom so you can be sure of the color you want. For a brilliant dark red tree variety consider ‘Dynamite Red.’
  • Dishwater and bathwater, known collectively as gray water, can be used on most trees, shrubs, and nonedible plants unless your household water is treated with water softeners.
  • If you had grub or chinch bug problems last year, treat the lawn at the end of the month. Follow the directions on the bag.
  • Looking for a great colorful Butterfly Plant? Consider, planting Butterfly Pentas. They come in many colors and those Butterflies will adore them.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu

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