Lawn and garden survival tips for July in Oklahoma

This time of the year there are many lawn and garden “maintenance” tasks. Watering needs will escalate with the summer heat. Try to get in the habit of early morning irrigation or watering if possible. Plants need the water in the hottest part of the day, and early morning watering […]

This time of the year there are many lawn and garden “maintenance” tasks.

Watering needs will escalate with the summer heat. Try to get in the habit of early morning irrigation or watering if possible. Plants need the water in the hottest part of the day, and early morning watering also will prevent water loss by evaporation. Be aware of watering restrictions in your community, and water thoroughly on assigned days.

You still can add a nice, thick mulch layer to your flower and vegetable beds if you have not done so to cool the soil and conserve moisture. You will get the added benefit of reducing weed populations and creating an attractive appearance.

Many of us planted replacement landscape plants this spring. Newly planted trees and shrubs need special attention during their first growing season since they don’t have an established root system. Water them deeply and thoroughly once a week to encourage a deep root system rather than frequent, shallow watering.

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