“Happy Gardening!”



For the First Week of June:

.Check bedding plants and remove old flower heads to prolong the blooming period. Also, pinch mums for bushier plants.

.Make another planting of vegetables, such as sweet corn and snap beans.

.Thin out vegetable plantings; for instance, beets and lettuce. Read seed label for spacing requirements.

.Feed roses every month until early August with 1/4 cup of 10-10-10 per plant.

.Prune off new growth on your evergreens, if necessary, to maintain shape and size.

.Spray fruit trees continually as scheduled. Read and follow label directions.

.Prohibit children from riding or driving the riding lawn mowers. These mowers are much more dangerous than they appear. Always disengage the mower blades and set the brake before getting off for any reason.

For the Second Week of June:

.Prune spring flowering shrubs after blooming is finished.

.Spray your mimosa and honey locust for webworms. Look for small clumps of leaves tied together, with silk threads scattered over the tree. Upon closer examination, the upper surfaces of the leaves are skeletonized. The leaves turn brown and die, which will make the tree look as if it has been scorched by a fire.

.Care for newly planted trees and shrubs. They should receive a thorough soaking each week. Mulch to conserve moisture.

For the Third Week of June:

.Control aphids and other pests on vegetables by removing the pests and then spraying or washing the plants.

.Place cages or stakes to support growing tomato plants. Cages or trellises work well for growing cucumbers, too.

.Trim grass around young trees and shrubs carefully when using weed eaters. The young tender bark on these plants can be easily broken, resulting in injury to the water-transporting tissue and creating openings for insects and diseases to enter.

.Check evergreens thoroughly for bagworms.

For the Last Week of June:

.Spray roses and fruit trees continually.

.Thin out flowers where they are growing too closely.

.Check ornamentals for scale insects and treat if present.

.Harvest herbs just before flowering when their leaves contain the maximum essential oils. Cut your herbs early on a sunny day.

.Use mulch to conserve water during the hot summer months. Dried grass clippings are an excellent mulch material.

.Start new plants from soft woodcuttings of shrubs, such as azalea, spirea, boxwood, camellia, hydrangea, etc., from mid- to late June.

.Mow and fertilize strawberries after fruiting.