The warm temps of June have arrived, and this checklist is just what you need to keep your garden thriving throughout the season! Now that all the hard work that comes with planting is done, it’s time to enjoy our efforts and maintain. Read on for a few of the remaining tasks left on our to-do lists.
- Water your plants regularly. Plants will start to increase water usage as the temperatures increase and also as they 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 in late 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 starting to spread in your lawn that you cannot see, apply F-Stop to your lawn. This is an excellent product to keep your lawn healthy.
- It is also 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.