July is here and so are the 90 to 100 degree days. To help your lawn through this hot, dry spell here are a few tips.
- The best time to water your lawn is early morning. This helps minimize water loss due to evaporation.
- You want to water as deeply and infrequently as possible during dry summer days. Requirements for most lawns are 1” to 1-1/2” of water a week. The goal is to produce a deep root system on your lawn.
- Follow City Ordinances on watering or pay the fine! The City of Fort Worth has no landscape watering between 10 a.m. and 6.p.m., with the exception of watering by hand or with soaker hoses. This time of day restriction is in effect year round.
Water is a resource we all have to share. Check out Nature’s Guide Summer Lawn Care http://www.natures-guide.com
June Bugs & Aphids
Wondering how to control the June Bug’s that are visiting your lawn? In our May newsletter we suggested applying a grub killer at the end of July and the first of August. Kill the grub worm and you kill the June bug. Now is the time to apply for grub control. Stop by any of our stores and let us help you with the selection of products.
Have you noticed that your crape myrtles appear to be raining? You may have aphids. There is a systemic soil drench that can be applied to the soil around your plants. The product is labeled under the brand names Bonide Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control and Ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Systemic Insect Drench. These products will kill and control a number of tree and shrub insects.
Are your pets struggling with fleas? Remember that flea sprays need to be applied to your lawn more than once time. Put your lawn on a regular schedule, spray now and in 10 to 12 days come back and spray again. We suggest you spray about 4 or 5 times every 10 to 12 days to break the flea life cycle.
Don’t forget about your neighbors! Suggest that they also spray their yeard and see if you can time the schedule. If that doesn’t work, then consider Diatomaceous Earth . Place a 2 or 3 ft. band of sulfur or (D.E.) Diatomaceous Earth around the fence line.
For all our happy campers, stop by one of our stores and pick up a bug of sulfur or Cedar Cide granules. At your campsite dust the sulfur or cedar granules around to control chiggers, flea and ticks.
Thanks for checking our monthly garden tips. Stop by any of our 7 store locations for your lawn and garden needs.
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