Monthly Garden Tips - June
Bugs? – keep on hand some insecticidal
soap for those aphids, spittle bugs and other nasty sucking critters. Soap offers a quick and clean knock down for
even those edibles. Use Sluggo for snails and slugs.
Roses – Apply DTE Rose and Flower
fertilizer. Treat every 7-10 days with
neem oil and soap mixed with a little liquid copper to control blackspot and
powdery mildew. Start watering at least
twice a week, water only in the morning and avoid water on the leaves on
overcast days to prevent blackspot.
Plant veggies, perennials and
annuals for summer color – Now
is the time to plant for summer color and color into the fall. Get those tomatoes, peppers and egg plants
starts in the ground now too.
cucumbers, summer squash, melons, snap beans, beets carrots, lettuce, broccoli,
fall and winter cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, scallions.
Pruning shrubs and trees – Wait till after flowering to
thin and shape your trees and shrubs.
Don’t remove more than 30% of the growth to avoid shock. Any plant you have to consistently restrict
that much may need replacement with a more suitable species.
Fertilize – Rhodies, azaleas, and roses
could use a good shot of food. Use acid
fertilizer for the Rhodies and All Purpose or Rose Fertilizer for the
roses. Dead head spent flower stalks.
Container gardens – Time to plant out your patio
pots for summer. Try some dramatic
effects and color. If you have no idea
what to plant, come in and we can help.