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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – June Gardening Tasks

SUMMER OFFICIALLY STARTS THIS MONTH AND WE HAVE SOME VERY IMPORTANT GARDENING CHORES TO DO THIS MONTH.

Before we get into June I want to do a little re-capping of the weather we had in May.  May was 6 degrees warmer than average.  I certainly believe this after the heatwave we had the last few days of May.  The coldest night was on May 15 when we dropped down to 44 degrees.  And, most importantly, our rainfall was a little above average. May decided to go out with a bang with the storms we had in the area on the 31st.  Many of us got upwards of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.   I find rainfall totals to be one of the more important factors for gardening.  Now that we are entering the hotter summer months it is good to know that our plants do not have to stress over the lack of water.  And, we do not have to worry about any water restrictions – at least not now.  But, as we do enter the summer months, let’s all be water-wise and not be irresponsible citizens and be wasteful of this precious and needed resource.

HERE ARE A FEW JUNE GARDENING TASKS

  1. Keep deadheading your annual flowers in order to keep them looking their best.  And, don’t forget to feed them on a regular basis.
  2. Pinch back your hardy chrysanthemums, fall asters, and upright sedums.  Don’t let them become weak and straggly.  Keep these plants pinched back until the end of July and then let them grow. This way you will have a beautiful compact plant.
  3. Keep up with weed growth.  Weeds love our June weather.  Do a little weeding each day.  Adding mulch can help with eliminating weed growth.
  4. If you have a Bermuda or Zoysia lawn, June is the time to apply lawn fertilizer.
  5. Clean and refill your hummingbird feeder with clean sugar water every few days so a fungus harmful to the bird does not develop in the feeder.
  6. With the warmer weather upon us, check your annuals, vegetables, and perennials for pest, especially aphids on the new growth.  An infestation of aphids can be easily controlled with a soap and water bath or a safe product such as CAPTAIN JACK’S DEAD BUG BREW, which is organic and safe on to use on vegetables and herbs. REMEMBER, MOST INSECTS IN THE GARDEN ARE NOT PESTS BUT CAN BE BENEFICIAL.  LEARN   THE DIFFERENCE AND BE CAREFUL USING CHEMICALS UNNECESSARILY.
  7. Now is the right time to take cuttings from azaleas or boxwoods if you want to try to start new plants.  Have some rooting hormone available.
  8. Did you have BAGWORMS on your evergreens last fall?  Bagworms spend the winter as eggs inside the bag.  Each bag could contain hundreds of eggs.  They begin to hatch now.  Upon hatching the young larvae crawl out of the bottom of the bag and start to feed.  Now is the time to apply chemical control.  I recommend the products by Bonide called THURICIDE or use CAPTAIN JACK’S DEAD BUG BREW.

REMEMBER, READ ANY CHEMICAL LABEL. NEVER SPRAY CHEMICALS DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY. EARLY MORNING & LATE EVENING ARE BEST TIMES FOR BOTH YOU AND MANY OF OUR BENEFICIAL INSECTS.

HAPPY GARDENING!!!!

12 thoughts on “GARDEN TIME with DOUG – June Gardening Tasks

  1. I so appreciate your suggestions on organic products to use on the garden. There are shelves and shelves of dangerous pesticides out there and we all know our planet is in dire straits due to the dangers of these products. Speaking of “good” Bugs…I love my Praying Mantis! Thanks Doug, Carol

  2. Thank you so much for putting this together in such great detail! I am new to lawn care and gardening. and it is helpful to have these tips and reminders so specific to our region. Thank you again!!

  3. Carol,
    Thank you for your feedback. I can’t agree more that homeowners need to learn to garden using safer practices and products. Doug

  4. Kristen,
    You are welcome. And, thank you for being an avid reader of our blogs. We try to be helpful and informative with each of our weekly writings. Doug

  5. Wendy,
    You are welcome. We are have been told growing up that timing is everything. And, this same concept applies to gardening. It is important to realize what needs to be done on a timely manner in our local area. Doug

  6. Thanks it is very good information . This year begins ke leaves are curing , we put neem oil , does not seem to do the job . What can I do . I know there is some kind of bug .

  7. I read that a few chopped up cloves of garlic and a teaspoon of red chili flake in a large spray bottle of water overnight will deter aphids. As you mentioned, it also deters the good ones to. For ants I sprinkle cinnamon near where they are gathered and they vacate licity split. What do you think? Thank you for sharing your knowledge

  8. Bev,
    You just taught me something. Bottom line, if your “home recipes” work for you then no need to stop. Glad you enjoy all these educational blogs. Thank you, Doug

  9. Sushila,
    There are some good, organic products on the market to use to control damaging insects. Consider using the Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew. This is classified organic. Its’ main ingredient is spinosad. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to harm our pollinators, such as our bees. So, spray in the evening once the bees are home for the night. Doug

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