July Landscape and Garden Tips

July Landscape and Garden Tips

By Jessica Downs on June, 28 2019

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How to Care for Your Yard and What to Plant in July

Watering: We recommend watering early in the morning as this reduces the evaporation loss. Deep watering is the best way to ensure that the entire root zone becomes properly saturated. When it comes to watering trees, be sure to saturate the soil at least three feet deep and for shrubs, drench the soil at least one foot deep. You will want to deep water your trees every other day for the next few weeks and continue to monitor them so they are not over or under-watered. 

Fertilizing: Moon Valley Nurseries has developed specialized blends of fertilizers that can give the material in your landscape a helping hand during the summer. Our fertilizers are designed to help trees, palms, and shrubs recover from any heat stress. Purchase our fertilizers at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations.

Protect the Trunk of Your Tree: Did you know that trees can get a sunburn, too? Young trees will benefit from sun protection as the temperatures rise. We recommend protecting a newly planted or younger tree from sunburn with a Protective Tree Wrap. Click here for a video on how to wrap your trees.

Mulching: If you want to help keep moisture in your soil all summer long, we recommend applying mulch around the base of your trees. Adding a three to four-inch layer of mulch is an excellent way to hold moisture and keep your soil cool in July. Visit a nursery and ask our nursery pros more about how to properly mulch your yard. 

Best Trees to Plant in July

Vitex Tree


Summertime is the right time for Vitex! During the summer months, it puts on a show as the purple blooms arrive at every growth tip. Come in the nursery and check them out today! This purple delight is the perfect size for any landscape.

It features turning and twisting trunks creating a statuesque appearance and dramatic look with landscape lighting. We like to plant them as a focal point, in rows along a border or driveway, and as a small patio tree. Plus, it is very drought-tolerant once established.

Tipu Tree

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This fast-growing shade tree is the perfect solution for adding shade and beauty to any yard. Tipu tree features a fissured bark texture and, in late spring, lovely golden blooms appear. Its large canopy is created with feathery, bright bluish-green foliage.

The Tipus are water-wise, drought-tolerant, and grow well in many soil conditions. These trees require very little maintenance. And, as a bonus, the nectar of the Tipu attracts butterflies and other pollinators to your yard or garden.

Museum Palo Verde Tree

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The Museum Palo Verde is a hybrid of older Palo Verde varieties that bring the best qualities of each tree into one. Crossing the older species created a tree that is a fuller, vibrantly yellow tree with a magical display of flowers and a brighter green, thorn-less trunk.

The multi-trunked, sculptural shapes of these trees provide a stark contrast and beautiful accent to almost any landscape. These trees allow landscapers and homeowners to get the vibrant colors of the Palo Verde without the thorns and a heavy litter of the originals.

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