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Gardening Calendar for July

July Garden Checklist
July Garden Checklist
  • Display Bright Summer Annuals

In early July, celebrate the star-spangled holiday with the best of the outdoors, like watermelon grown in your garden, and decorations including red, white and blue flowers. Create bouquets with colorful blooms from the Garden Center. Look for Drop-n-Bloom displays to decorate your front porch and patio in patriotic style.


  • Harvest Vegetables From the Garden

Share the bounty of your vegetable garden, like squash, tomatoes and cucumbers, with friends and family. Can and preserve tomatoes and other produce. If you’ve never canned before, it’s easy to learn how.


  • Make Plans for Your Fall Garden

As the summer harvest comes in, it’s time to plan for the next season. Start seeds and prepare beds for your fall garden now.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest

Now is the time to harvest your favorite summer veggies, herbs like basil, garlic, peas and summer squash. Water your lawn 2-3 times each week to keep it green and vibrant.

North California Coastal
North California Coastal

Add mulch as needed to preserve the moisture in your soil. Water plants at least twice per day when temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees. Continue to harvest summer crops as they ripen.

South California Coastal
South California Coastal

Plan your gardening routine for early mornings or early evenings to avoid tending in extreme heat. Make sure trees, shrubs and perennials are receiving enough water, and mow the lawn often to mitigate weed growth.

Southwestern Desert
Southwestern Desert

Cultivate the soil in your garden bed to make sure air is getting to the roots of your plants. Hose them down at dawn to add humidity and reduce the presence of spider mites.

Western Mountains
Western Mountains

Water plants earlier in the day or as the sun begins to set to avoid rapid evaporation. Consider making a rain barrel to conserve water and make the most of your natural resources. Fertilize roses mid-month to encourage a healthy late-summer bloom.

High Plains
High Plains

Snip dying flower heads on perennials, and fertilize potted annuals 2-3 times this month. Taller stems will continue to rise, so insert stakes as needed.

Northern Midwest
Northern Midwest

Tomatoes, corn, raspberries and peaches will be at season’s peak, so pick and enjoy your fresh summer harvest. Shear annuals as they begin to fade, and change the solution in your bird feeder at least three times a week.

Central Midwest
Central Midwest

Add mulch to younger crops to protect their moisture reserves and keep weeds in check. Top pinch your mums mid-month for a healthy fall bloom, and look out for Japanese beetles in your rose garden.

Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic

Grass should be cut to a height of 3-4 inches, and refrain from using any herbicides on the entire lawn this month. Instead, spot-treat weeded areas and manually remove Crabgrass as it begins to emerge. Prune problem branches on hedges and trees.

New England
New England

Seize the warm weather and plant another round of string beans, leafy lettuce and other quick-growing vegetables. Harvest raspberries, blueberries and gooseberries for delicious smoothies, jams and jellies. Continue to water your lawn as rainfall slows, and spot-feed thinning patches.

Upper South
Upper South

Spray pesticides more sparingly this month. Mist plants earlier in the day, ensuring veggies receive at least 1-inch of water each week. This is also the time to plant your favorite fall vegetables, like sweet potatoes and pumpkins.

Middle South
Middle South

Start planning your fall harvest and plant seeds for pumpkins, squash, okra and other autumnal vegetables. Pull up summer weeds and apply fresh mulch to inhibit new growth. Make sure everything is well-watered to withstand those long, hot afternoons.

Lower South
Lower South

Check on your irrigation system to make sure the sprinkler heads are clear of debris and properly aimed at your lawn or garden. Give your rose bushes a break from the fertilizer while they soak up the summer heat. Restock bird feeders and clean your bird bath.

Coastal and Tropical South
Coastal and Tropical South

Mist fruit trees with fungicide to preserve your upcoming harvest. Aerate and fertilize your lawn as you establish a seasonal irrigation cycle.

South Florida
South Florida

Start preparing for hurricane season early. Check nearby trees and prune damaged branches. Let the summer sun solarize your soil which helps kill pests naturally.