Magazine article Sunset

July Your Northern California Guide

Magazine article Sunset

July Your Northern California Guide

Article excerpt

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.

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* 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.

-JOHANNA SILVER

TECHNIQUE

MAKE CUT FLOWERS LAST LONGER

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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