Magazine article Sunset

July Your Northern California Guide

Magazine article Sunset

July Your Northern California Guide

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To-do list

* Attract beneficial insects by planting coreopsis, cosmos, goldenrod, sunflowers, or yarrows.

* Add instant color to your garden by filling large pots with blooming dahlias, Million Bells, and verbena.


* Reduce fire danger by removing debris from roofs and gutters, pruning tree limbs so that none gets closer than is feet to the house, and maintaining a greenbelt of well-watered, low-growing plants around your home.

* Keep repeat-blooming roses deadheaded, and fertilize bushes regularly until October in mild-winter areas.

* Sow cool-season crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and peas, later this month.

* Smother aphids, mites, thrips, or whiteflies by spraying plants with horticultural oil.

* Prune wisteria to increase flowering next spring. Cut back to within 6 inches of main branches.




Get the most from freshly clipped blooms. Remember that the sturdier the stem, the easier the flower will be to work with in an arrangement.

1 | Use sharp shears and always give stems a fresh snip--while holding them underwater--just before placing them in a water-filled vase. …

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