June Gardening Tips
WRAP UP FROM LAST MONTH
Houseplants: It’s always good to get more use out of your houseplants by moving them outside for deck parties or on your covered porch for some growing season lovin’. Just make sure they’re protected as the temperature keeps rising. During the summer, they need to be placed in the shade and given extra water.
Harvest: Plants bearing early season fruit and vegetables like strawberries, lettuce, radishes and peas could be ready to be picked in June. Once produce has reached full size and the appropriate color, it should be harvested. If possible, harvest herbs before they flower for optimal flavor.
Container plants: Have your eye on some container shrubs and trees? June is the perfect time to add them to your yard. Shrubs and trees introduced in June have an entire season to take root before cold weather arrives.
Root ball: It’s so convenient to be able to buy a healthy plant from a local nursery. When you take it home, ensure the survival of your new purchase by checking its root ball. If it appears to be bound tightly, take a second to loosen it up a touch. This way, the roots are more prepared to stretch and anchor themselves in new soil. Add some soil conditioner to the existing soil for added insurance.
Arrangements: One of the best things about having your own garden is the opportunity to make your own signature flower arrangements. For the best results, do your picking in the early morning. After you’ve brought your choices of blossoms inside, there are several ways to elongate the life of your arrangement: choose a clean container, replace water daily, and cut stems every few days.
Deadheading: Take an energizing stroll through your garden at least once a week for your health and the health of your plants. While you’re out, engage in some deadheading, a funny term for cutting dying blossoms off of their stems. When done regularly, deadheading encourages flowers to produce even more blooms. It also discourages fungal diseases from harming plants.
Lawns: Green, manicured lawns are beautiful but they can be difficult to maintain. During the summer, give your grass every advantage it needs in a drier climate by being diligent about both watering. Additionally, cutting grass at a higher height can build your lawn’s resistance to stress. Roots will embed deeper in the soil when grass is kept at a length of 2 ½ inches or higher. Making this change when mowing will keep your lawn green all summer long.
Conserving water: Be good to your plants and the planet by adopting conscientious watering practices. Collect rainwater to recycle natural resources. Equipment-wise, automatic watering systems are environmentally-friendly if you’re interested in making a purchase to aid your efforts.
Fungal disease: While we’re on the subject, fungal disease isn’t so fun. Plants growing in cool, moist areas often suffer from this condition. Powdery mildew and leaf spots are indicators that your greenery is afflicted. To address the problem, apply fungicide to sick plants. Dividing and pruning diseased varieties can also make a positive impact.
Good insects: A safe, effective way to protect your plants during the summer is to attract good insect populations capable of ridding your garden of pests. Let praying mantis, ladybugs and parasitic wasps do all the work; they hunt the types of bugs that are dangerous to your yard.
PREPARING FOR NEXT MONTH
Softwood cuttings: Love your shrubs? Varieties like spirea, lilac and viburnum produce softwood cuttings, which you can collect in order to grow even more plants. In mid to late June, gather these cuttings to conveniently multiply your favorite shrubs.
Map: Later in the year, it may be hard to remember the specific layout of your garden, despite your planning. For future reference, make note of the varieties of plants in your yard and exactly where they’re located. Changes you decide to make can be based on this diagram, whenever you decide to make them.