This Month in the Garden: June

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. — Aldo Leopold

For the lawn:
The Young Gardener by Dunlop

  • Water deeply and slowly.
  • Keep irrigation systems on manual, not timed, application.
  • Continue “grasscycling.” Grass clippings don’t create thatch.
  • Mow often enough to remove only one-third of grass blade length.

In the garden:

  • Prune flowering shrubs, such as rhododendrons, lilacs, and azaleas, after they bloom.
  • Fertilize your vegetable plants 1 month after they emerge by side dressing.
  • Provide an inch of water a week as rains taper off. Ensure that raised beds in particular are getting enough water: once the soil surface dries out, water deeply in the early morning.
  • Replant replacement crops when early lettuce, mustard greens, bok choys and spinach mature.
  • Mulch the garden with a thin layer of straw or rough compost after soil warms.
  • Control weeds with frequent light cultivation.
  • Move your houseplants outside for some sunlight. You can also clean and repot your plants.
  • Plant fall perennials; asters, chrysanthemums.
  • Encourage birds in garden for help with insect control.
  • Remember, if you kill a beneficial insect, you inherit its work.
  • Enjoy June colors and scents!
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