Keep sensitive trees watered by using Gator Bags that will keep them hydrated with up to 20 gallons of water that is slowly released over the root ball over a 15-20 hour time span. For shrubs or trees you can use a soaker hose as well. This method sends water to the plants at a slow enough pace that is absorbed easily by the root systems.
Disease and insects are abundant around this time of year due to humidity. Other factors may come in to play as well, so keep an eye on your landscape plants.
Roses can be sprayed for black spot using Bonide Fung-onil, RoseRx or Infuse or Bayer Rose & Flower Care.
Arborvitea and other evergreens can be sprayed for bagworms using GardenTech Sevin, Bonide Eight or Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew.
Pieris japonica, azaleas and other plants can be treated for lacebugs by using Bonide’s Eight, Systemic Insect Control, Fruit & Tree Spray or Annual Tree & Shrub.
Japanese beetles are becoming a nuisance this time of year, particularly if you hadn’t treated your lawn for grubs. (See our monthly lawn tips here). There are several types and styles of Japanese beetle traps in stock. Place them up and away from your garden.
Blooming this month: Butterfly bush, hydrangeas, crape myrtles and more.