Here Are Some Amazing Mid Summer Gardening Tips For June
Beginning this month I will try to get the monthly Gardening tips online a little earlier to help those folks who are lucky enough to live in areas where the weather is actually spring-like already.
Here are a few tasks and projects and gardening tips for june that you can do. It’ll help keep your garden looking it’s best for the rest of this season.
Perennials, annuals, and bulbs
- Has your spring been somewhat less than a sunny, gardeners delight? Haven’t had enough time to get the garden looking quite right yet? ‘Color Spots’ may be your quickest and easiest way of catching up with the neighbors.
- Color Spots are easy care, blooming size annuals which the nurseries have grown in 4″ pots. They have taken care of the feeding, pinching and early care for you. The result is a nicely branched plant, blooming and ready to set in the garden. You will be able to see what your flower will look like before you even pick it out, and have have some early summer colors before the sun sets. Prepare the soil; water the new plants before you remove them from the pot; plant the color spots at the recommended spacing on the label; water them again.
- Result: I N S T A N T C O L O R !
- Pinch back any annuals, Fuchsias, Geraniums, Cosmos or any other plants that might be getting a little leggy.
- Pinch your Chrysanthemum’s to encourage them to be bushier and have more blossoms. Pinch them again, every 6 inches or so, as they grow.
- This is an excellent month to pick out a few new perennials, and put them into the garden.
- Divide spring flowering perennials like, Primroses, Arabis, and Aubrietia.
- Once the soil has warmed, you may sow seeds for perennials directly into the garden.
- Check your roses for mildew, aphid, black-spot or other insect or disease problems and if they appear take steps to control them right away.
- Roses will need to be fertilized each month through the summer.
- Make sure your climbing roses are securely tied into position. Prune them after blooming.
- Deadhead your annuals to encourage more flowers.
- Remove dead foliage from your spring flowering bulbs, but only after it has died back naturally.
- Sow seeds for Flowering Kale and Flowering Cabbage for colorful plants next fall and winter.
- Stake tall flowers to keep them from blowing over in the wind. Add a stake to each planting hole as you’re transplanting, and tie the stem loosely to the stake as the plant grows.
- As the weather dries out, your container plants may need daily watering especially if the pots are exposed to the drying sunlight.
- Gladiolus corms can still be planted for successive blooms.
- Tuberous Begonias can now be safely planted outdoors.
- Once the foliage of Daffodils has died back, you may divide and move the bulbs to a new spot. Daffodil clusters should be divided up every 3 years to ensure good blooming.
Shrubs and trees
- This is a good month for shearing, pinching or pruning Junipers, Cypress or Conifers. If you’ve been cultivating a special Christmas tree, sculpt it now.
- Fertilize flowering shrubs like Rhododendrons, Camellias and Azaleas immediately after they have finished flowering with a ‘Rhododendron’ or ‘Evergreen’ type fertilizer.
- Dead head the developing seed pods from your Rhododendrons and Azaleas to improve next years bloom. Be careful not to damage next years buds which may be hidden just below the pod.
- It’s hedge trimming time!
Fruits and veggies
- Start any of the warm weather vegetables (Corn, Beans, Peppers, Egg Plant, Tomatoes, Squash, Pumpkins, etc.) as soon as possible.
- Tap your tomatoe plants to encourage pollination; water every day and start feeding them weekly once fruits set.
- Protect your fruit from the birds with netting.
- After natural fruit drop in late June, thin fruits on apple, pear, peach, and apricot trees carefully to produce larger, better fruit. Peach trees need 50 to 75 leaves per fruit to manufacture food for both fruit production and tree maintenance. Apple trees need 30 to 40 leaves per fruit. Continue thinning your vegetable seedlings to provide ample room for growth.
- Mound the soil up around your potato plants. It does no harm to the plant if the soil covers the stem. Tubers near the surface which are exposed to sunlight will turn green and poisonous. As early potatoes begin to die back, reduce watering.
- Allow one or two runners to develop from the most productive strawberry plants.
- Plant your Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, and Cauliflower for next winter’s harvest.
- Prune suckers and water sprouts from all fruit trees.
- Fertilize the lawn this month. Use a complete lawn fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
- If your lawn suddenly looks yellow or dies out in patches, the cause is probably due to an insect or disease problem such as Crane flies.
- If the weather becomes hot and dry raise the cutting height of the mower.
- It’s not too late to reseed or over-seed the lawn. Be certain to keep newly seeded areas well watered.
- Apply moss killers before temperatures reach 65 degrees.
- Control Dandelions and other lawn weeds.
- House plants can soon be moved outside to a shady, protected spot.
- Continue to watch for insect or disease damage and take the necessary steps to control the problem.
- Warmer and drier weather means it will be necessary to water and mist your house plants more often.
- Feed your house plants with 1/2 the recommended strength of a good soluble Houseplant fertilizer.
Odds and ends
- At exactly 12:00 Noon, on June 15th, set your sundial for 12:00 to get the most accurate time reading throughout the summer.
- Be alert to slug and snail damage… Seek and destroy ALL slugs!
- Keep the weeds pulled, before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again. Otherwise, you will be fighting newly germinated weed seed for the next several years.
- Change the water in your bird bath regularly. Standing water may become a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.
- Continue to watch for insect or disease damage throughout the garden, and take the necessary steps to control the problem.
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