June is here and it’s time to show off all your hard work! Now that the planting is complete all your plants really need is some sunshine, water and a little extra nutrients to help them continue to grow full and beautiful. Here are some tips to keep in mind as we head into the summer.
- Water your plants regularly. As the temperatures rise plants will start to increase their water usage. They will also start to flower and produce fruit.
- Applying fungicides early before you see evidence of diseases is important. We like using Broad Spectrum Fungicide and Copper Fungicide.
- Fertilize your plants again either later in June or early July. Using Espoma Garden Food is a great choice for long-lasting fertilizer.
- Deadhead any plants that have finished flowering to promote more blooms if they are a rebloomer.
- Water plants on a regular basis, especially if there is little rain.
Trees and Shrubs
- Lilacs and other early spring bloomers should be trimmed now and completed before the 4th of July. Trimming after that point will take the flower buds off for next year resulting in no flowers for the year.
- Water all trees and shrubs if we have dry conditions so they receive at least an inch of water a week. Slow deep watering is the best way to water your plants to get moisture deep into the profile. Lack of water will decrease the vigor for next year.
- Mulch your plants to keep the roots cool. Hydrangeas and clematis will especially benefit from this.
- To prevent any fungus from spreading in your lawn that you can not see apply F-Stop to your lawn. This is an excellent product to keep your lawn healthy.
- Now is also the time to start applying Kill a Grub II. This product will have to be watered into the soil profile to be effective.
***Please note when making any pesticide or fertilizer application to not apply when the temps are high. This can damage plants that are desired.***