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JULY

If I had my way, I’d remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.
- Roald Dahl

 

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WALKABLE LAWN ALTERNATIVES  
Whether you want to turn your lawn into a new low-water walkable surface or a mosaic of blooming perennials, there are plenty of plants to choose from. The best way to convert a conventional lawn is with sheet mulching. Here's more on how to replace a lawn (and how to decide what to put there instead).

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IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND WHAT TO CONSIDER
A drip system is the most water-conserving irrigation method available. Soaker hoses are easy, but not as accurate or water-conserving as a drip system. Sprinklers are a much less efficient way of putting water where plant roots will effectively use it, but this system is still the standard choice for lawns. Click the following links to learn more about the pros and cons of each system, how to water properly, and water saving tips when watering.

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SHADE-LOVING PLANTS 
Do you have a patch of shade that you’re not sure what to do with? Consider planting ferns to add lush, textural interest, or if you desire pops of color, consider planting Hydrangeas, Camellias, Fuchsia, or other tried and true plants that light up the shade.

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EDIBLES TO PLANT IN JULY
In warmer areas, plant beans and summer squash. In cooler areas, plant broccoli, cabbage, chard, collard greens, kale, lettuce, bunching onions, and peas. Click here for a monthly planting schedule.

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