June To Do List

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June To Do List

Water Gardens –  now is the best time to build or fix up your water garden for summer. There is  a wide variety of plant material available in this month as  tropical  water plants are now ready to be put outdoors.

Houseplants –  many houseplants such as orchids & christmas cactus benefit from being  moved outdoors for summer. They prefer the cooler nights.  Water and fertilize regularly with a soluble  all-purpose fertilizer.

Roses – mulch  with compost such as Sea Soil if you haven’t already. Deadhead spent flowers  and keep an eye out for aphids.  Use  ladybugs or Safer’s Insecticidal Soap if they present a big problem.  Black Spot can be an issue in wet weather.  If found, remove any affected leaves from the bush as well as the surrounding  ground. It usually improves once the days get drier again in summer but make  plans to spray next December or January with a lime sulphur dormant oil  mixture.  Powdery Mildew is another  fungul disease which can be problematic. Treat with Safer’s Defender and make  sure watering is done in the morning, being careful to avoid wetting the  foliage.

Weeding – regular  hoeing is still the best method to control pesky weeds. In warmer weather the  weeds will shrivel up and die when left on the soil surface.

Pests – slugs are  a big problem this year as they love the moist weather. Apply or re-apply slug  bait.

Water Needs –  check new or existing plantings regularly for water needs. It is always best to  water thoroughly once or twice a week than to water lightly every day as this  will only dampen the soil surface, thus keeping the plant’s roots at the soil  surface.  By watering deeply less often,  the plant develops a deeper root system.

Annual Containers  & Hanging Baskets – check water needs daily and use a slow release annual  fertilizer such as Garden Pro Hanging Basket 14-14-14 which will work for  approx. 3 months or use a water soluble fertilizer such as  Miracle Gro 15-30-15  weekly.

Deadheading –  annuals & many perennials benefit from deadheading as their flowers finish.  This will promote repeat blooms.

Stake – tall  annuals, vines & perennials with supports such as peony rings, obelisks,  tomato cages or any other sort of structure, artistic or utilitarian, that does  the job.

Mulch – most  plants, especially perennials benefit from a mulching of compost if you haven’t  already done so. This practice provides desired nutrients but also helps to  prevent moisture loss during the hot weather.

Trim evergreen  hedges and fertilize with Garden Pro Evergreen & Broadleaf Fertilizer 14-7-14

Vegetable seeds –  continue to sow seeds of cilantro, carrots, lettuce, spinch, radish and others for  successive harvest throughout summer. Now is also a good time to sow seeds of  cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and kale for fall harvest.

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