Gather juicy berries and breathe in the lovely scent of lilies, but don't forget to stay on top of watering needs and shake off the beetles
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Deadhead and deadleaf. Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.) need deadheading every day and should be deadleafed as well to keep them looking fresh. To enjoy a second season of Clematis blooms this fall, deadhead them and fertilize Type II hybrids (early-blooming, large-flowered cultivars) after they finish blooming. Stop pinching asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, S. novi-belgii and S. laeve) and Chrysanthemums around the Fourth of July. Pinching ensures a better-shaped plant with a longer blooming period, but if extended too late in the season, the plants may not start blooming before a killing frost.
Manage garden pests. In Great Lakes gardens, Japanese beetles usually make their appearance in July. Shake them into a bucket of soapy water in the morning when they are less apt to fly off.
Collect and sow seeds. Collect seeds from spring-blooming plants to share in a seed exchange. Plant columbine (Aquilegia spp.) and foxglove (Digitalis spp.) seeds.