July Gardening Checklist

By thewriteDuffy •  Updated: 12/10/23 •  6 min read

While you’re standing at the grill, brushing barbecue sauce on sizzling chicken and passing out cold ones to your friends, remember that your garden friends will be extra thirsty this month too. Gardens should explode with color and fruit this month, as long as you don’t let them dry out — and be ferocious about pest and weed control.

Annuals

Go wild! “Color spots,” usually sold in 4-inch, 6-inch or 1-gallon pots, can go straight from the pot into the ground to instantly jazz up colorless corners.

Perennials

Perennials can be transplanted all month; keep on top of deadheading duties.

Lawns

If you’re an inveterate summer waterer, your lawn might need a light application of fertilizer this month, even if it was fertilized in early spring.

Cleanup

Think of July as maintenance month, and roll up the sleeves on that denim shirt.

Compost

All that nice bacteria you’ve been nurturing as future plant food needs a little extra attention in the dog days of summer.

Vegetables

Even in the heart of summer, in most areas you can keep planting vegetables for fall harvest.

Greenhouse

When it’s hot outdoors, greenhouses can turn into pressure cookers. Be sure those thirsty hothouse tomatoes and cucumbers are kept satisfied. Provide adequate ventilation during hot months, especially before making a summer getaway.

Pest Control

Pests are everywhere, but if you’ve had a rainy June, you’re looking at some serious damage control now.

Weeds

The weeds you didn’t catch before flowering are probably supping happily on your soil now; stay ahead of the game as the next generation peeps up.

Hoe young weeds and leave them in place with their roots exposed. If you do this early on a sunny day, the sun will do the rest of the work.

Pruning

Because pruning stimulates new growth, if you expect an early winter or you’re in a cold-winter region, avoid pruning trees and bushes. In milder climates, prune dead wood from shrubs and trees in early to midsummer.

Harvest

As the saying goes, you reap just what you sow, and this month you should be getting plenty of perks from your spring efforts.

Container Plants

Container plants get extremely thirsty in summer months and may need water as often as once or twice a day. If you’re a newcomer to container gardening, you’re in for a treat.

Almost August? Just Want to Keep Going?

Don’t worry, we’ve got a another checklist for you of August gardening tasks too, jump over to our August Gardening Checklist now!

thewriteDuffy

At home, April is a mom, wife, and DIY darling. Among other home projects, she helped her husband Dan renovate their 1986 bungalow and is currently designing and decorating the 2023 custom home they are building themselves. Professionally, April is a writer, author, and online marketer with 15 years of experience writing for newspapers and magazines, building online authority websites, and publishing books.