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June Gardening To-Dos
In the Garden
- Plant fall perennials such as rudbeckia, asters, and anemones.
- Encourage birds in the garden for help with insect control by setting out birdfeeders with seed and a bird bath.
- Install soaker hoses or drip irrigation in beds.
- Plant annuals and water plants for summer color.
- Plant petunias, calibrachoa, lobelia, alyssum, and warm summer annuals.
- Prune rhododendrons after blooming.
- Enjoy June colors and scents.
- When necessary, use targeted natural pest and disease remedies in your garden. Avoid using chemicals, which kill all insects. Remember, if you kill a beneficial insect, you inherit its work.
Fruits & Veggies
- Replant replacement crops when early lettuce, mustard greens, bok choys and spinach mature.
- Set out successive crops every two weeks to ensure a constant supply of fresh greens.
- Add layer of straw on soil around veggies to keep weeds away.
- Conserve water with an easy to set-up drip irrigation system.
In the Lawn
- Water deeply and slowly.
- Monitor irrigation systems – if timed adjust when it rains to avoid overwatering or wait to put lawn on timer until July.
- Continue grasscycling. Use a mulch mower to return the clippings to the lawn in a form that will break down and become useable fuel for the lawn.
- Mow often enough to remove only one-third of grass blade length.
Around the House
- Get ready for summer entertaining: Uncover and clean your outdoor furniture.
- Make sure your BBQ is tidy and in good working order.
- Shop for tools and gifts in our Garden Center for Father’s Day.
- Wash all your acrylic tableware.
- Work with your children to find the perfect thank you gifts for their teachers.
- Plan a festive Independence Day BBQ with bright décor, outdoor lighting and heater for the late night of watching fireworks.
- Keep watering indoor plants on a regular basis, and groom if needed.
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