June Gardening To Do’s

Your garden should be starting to take shape with plants becoming established.  However, there is still time to plant.  Just make sure you plant correctly and pay attention to watering.

Vegetable and Flower Garden:

  • You still have time to plant annuals, such as Purslane/Portulaca, Zinnias, Lantana, Vinca etc.  Tease or loosen the roots before planting to help the roots get out into the soil.  If you’re using a water soluble fertilizer, apply every two weeks. Fertilize annuals with a granule fertilizer every 6-8 weeks.
  • Deadheading some annuals can be beneficial such as Marigolds, Verbena, Zinnia, and Petunia.
  • Cut back fall blooming chrysanthemums now so that you can have bushy plants in the fall.
  • Japanese Beetles are a pest on Roses.  They are easy to see and leave behind lots of holes.  An organic control is to get up early one morning and knock the beetles into a container of water and dish soap.  The beetles are slow in the mornings (like some of us) so it is very easy to knock them off the roses.  There are also insect sprays that will take care of them.
  • Corn can be planted until mid-July.  Corn plants are wind pollinated, so plant in parallel rows.
  • Tomato plants should be staked or preferably caged.  Plants can grow taller than 6 feet.  Keep an eye out for Blossom end rot which can affect tomatoes (a big black circle on the blossom end of the tomato).  A plant specialist at The Family Tree Garden Center can advise you on this disease.
  • Regularly harvest herbs.  They grow better when used often.

Shrubs and Trees:

Vanilla strawberry hydrangea

  • Think about adding some summer flowering shrubs to your landscape.  Hydrangeas, Butterfly Bush, and Gardenias are great additions.
  • If you need to spray for insect pests, do this early in the day and cover the top and the bottom of the leaves.
  • Hedges can be pruned to keep them tidy.  A lot of hedges can be pruned throughout summer such as Cleyera, Privet, and Ligustrum.
  • A good rule of thumb is to prune shrubs after they stop flowering, but there are shrubs that are particular about when to be pruned (e.g. varieties of Hydrangea), so check with us if you are not sure.
  • Magnolias can add summer color to your landscape.  ‘Little Gem’ is a smaller variety that makes a great screen or specimen plant with beautiful white blooms.
  • Water shrubs and trees at least once a week ensuring they get 1 inch of water (if it doesn’t rain).

Lawns:

  • Consult your lawn calendar to determine the dates for fertilizing your type of lawn.
  • Bermuda can be seeded this month or in July.  Sod can also be put down during the summer months.
  • Check your lawn for circular brown patches.  Common fungal problems are Dollar Spot and Brown Patch.  We can help you in your identification and eradication of these diseases.

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