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
- 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!