June in Your Garden
• Work in the Garden – Take the time to look at small jobs in your garden this month. Remove any unwanted suckers from trees and shrubs. Pinch tips of Chrysanthemums, Fuchsias, Geraniums and Marguerites to encourage dense growth. Mulch annual and perennial borders to keep the soil cool and help retain moisture during the hot summer months. Deep water rather than light sprinkle if the weather is dry.
• Planting and Transplanting – The warming weather is a great time to start sub-tropicals such as avocado, banana, Bird of Paradise, citrus, Gold Medallion Tree, Floss Silk Tree, figs, Orchid Tree or palms. Be careful not to over plant your landscape to get fast coverage. You’ll save plants and money by knowing your plants space and growing requirements. Plant tubs, window boxes, and color bowls with colorful annuals early in the month before it gets really hot. Place hanging baskets outside in their final location. Water them well and often during dry, hot weather, particularly during Santa Ana winds.
• Bedding Plants – Pull out winter annuals such as Pansies, Snapdragons and Violets, as they finish blooming and replace with summer favorites such as Celosia, Cosmos, Dianthus, Marigolds, Petunias, Periwinkle, Verbena, and Zinnias. Remove spent flowers from Azaleas, Marigolds, Lobelia, and Sweet Alyssum to clean up and encourage another blooming period.
• Vegetables and Herbs – Continue to plant warm weather crops such as corn, beans, beets, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, melon, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes. Hoe between rows to keep down weeds. Harvest broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, early lettuce and radishes Thin vegetables as needed. Plant herbs such as basil, mint, oregano, chives, cilantro and parsley in rich, fast-draining soil. Cut herbs and flowers for drying. Mulch or top-dress soil to protect from heat and help control weeds. Our Planting Mix and Mulch works great as a top dress.
• Fruiting Plants – Thin out the fruit on your fruit trees to prevent over-bearing. Protect ripening fruit from birds by covering the trees with netting. Prune citrus to desired shape. Prune biannual berry vines that have finished fruiting. Pick up any fallen fruit to prevent brown rot.
• Roses – Plant container grown roses. Apply Bayer Rose and Flower throughout the season for control of insects and diseases. Adjust watering schedule depending on weather and soil conditions. Fertilize with E.B. Stone Rose and Flower. Remove spent blooms and dead leaves. Leech salts in container plants by adding a handful a gypsum and watering in thoroughly.
• Houseplants – Wash dust from the leaves and pots, trim off damaged and dead foliage and check for insects such as aphids, mealy bugs, and mites. Wash them off with a strong spray of water. Spray with insecticides if necessary.
• Pest Control – Begonias, Crape Myrtle, Dahlias, Rose and Zinnias are some of the plants susceptible to powdery mildew. Water in the morning and try not to water the leaves as much as possible. If you need to, use insecticides to control aphid and whitefly. Control weeds before they have a chance to set seed.
Get Ready for the Summer Growing Season
• Plants grow vigorously during the summer, particularly in June. They will demand a lot of watering and fertilizing attention.
• Visit the nursery for beautiful blooming vines such as Bougainvillea, Lavender Trumpet vines, and Star Jasmine.