• Fertilize warm season grasses using one of Marcum Nursery’s exclusive fertilizers made in Oklahoma: Kelly Ray’s Fast Growing Fertilizer 46-0-0, BR’s Lawn Tonic 28-6-12Original Slow Release Fertilizer 18-6-12 or Big Mont’s Nitro Green 31-0-0.
  • Mowing heights for cool-season grasses should be 3″ during hot, dry summer months. Gradually raise the mower height of bermuda grass lawns from 1 and 1\2 to 2 inches.
  • Treat “Dollar Spot” disease on lawns with  ferti-lome Liquid Systemic Fungicide or ferti-lome F-Stop. Be sure to fertilize prior to applying a fungicide. Dollar Spot disease if detected in turf for optimum disease control. Systemic fungicide is most effective when used early in the season for disease prevention or at first sign of disease.
  • Meet water requirements of turf.
  • The hotter and dryer it gets, the larger the spider mite populations become. Spray plant foliage with Hi-Yield 55% Malathion, Natural Guard by ferti-lome Insecticidal Soap Concentrate, Triple Action by ferti-lome or Natural Guard by ferti-lome Spinosad.
  • Look carefully for bagworms. These are tiny brown bags barely visible to the eye. If found, easier to treat at now than later. Apply Hi-Yield 55% Malathion, Natural Guard by ferti-lome Spinosad, or Natural Guard by ferti-lome Caterpillar Spray with BT.
  • Expect some leaf fall, a normal reaction to drought.
  • Revitalize your trees and shrubs with ferti-lome’s Fish Emulsion.
  • Don’t forget to mulch! Marcum’s has many choices of premium mulches to choose from.
  • See Marcum’s Watering Guidelines for planting trees and shrubs.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines.

For questions regarding July maintenance guidelines, please call Goldsby 405 288-2368, Oklahoma City 405 691-9100,  Norman 405 447-3100 or Ardmore 580 223-1846.