Western Mountains and High Plains
Replenish organic mulch around flowers and vegetables as it begins to decompose. Shredded leaves, pine needles, dried grass clippings, and clean wheat straw are all excellent sources of mulch that help to retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.
Make a summer application of an organic fertilizer to give peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, and melons an extra boost. Simply side-dress a slow-release granular plant food around the plants and gently cultivate into the soil. Then water in thoroughly.
Clean Up Raspberry Patch
Check the raspberry patch for wilted tips. This may be the start of cane borers that are hidden in the stems. The most practical way to control these pests is to prune out infested canes and dispose of the larvae. Just bend over the cane and it will snap off at the point where the pests are working.
Deadhead Hanging Baskets
As summer heat makes flowers fade faster, hanging baskets can begin to look scraggly. This is a good time to pinch off old, faded blossoms to tidy the plants and promote new flowers. Lightly fertilize with a soluble plant food at half the recommended rate.
Adjust Sprinkler Systems
Fine tune the sprinkler system and time clock to make efficient use of water. Check heads for proper coverage and adjust as needed. Use rain gauges to measure the amount of water delivered for a designated time. You may need to reset the clock to get the right amount of water to lawns and gardens.