Summer’s switch is turned on with tropical breezes and azure skies, as the calendar page flips to June. It’s a beautiful time to enjoy cool drinks, pretty plants, & the sound of water. So, here’s our top list of garden must-do’s for June!
Check out our June Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!
1. Plant heat-loving summer color!
Revamp your old spring annuals with some eye-popping, die-hard flowers for summer. Flowers like Purslane, Zinnias, Moss Rose, Periwinkles, and Sweet Potato Vine will need water but thrive in our summer heat. If you are so inclined, try adding spineless Prickly Pear, Texas Sage, and other desert beauties that add color and form to landscapes.
2. Water… simple and so important!
We need more and so will our plants. Water in the morning or evening before 10am or after 6pm. Keep the water on the plants, soil, lawn, flowerbeds, not in the gutter, sidewalk, or street. Sprinkler systems are great for established lawns and landscapes. Water established lawns once a week. New plantings really need to be hand watered to ensure the water is getting to the root system. Check new plantings daily for water needs.
3. Feed hungry plants.
A good meal will give them and you oodles of enjoyment! Fertilize your lawn, shrubs, trees, and tropicals with Milorganite, Medina Growin Green, or Gill Lawn & Garden Fertilizer. Be sure to apply early morning or evening and water in. Milorganite won’t burn but needs water to start working. Feed your veggies and herbs Espoma Plant Tone. Citrus and fruit trees with Espoma Citrus Tone.
4. Mulch for insta-pretty!
Use mulch in your landscape, in pots, and around your trees. It will help hold in moisture and cut back on weeds, and most of all it makes everything look great immediately!
5. Watch for bugs!
Yes, they will be around more during the summer. Treat the lawn with Bayer Season Long Grub Control if you see brown areas in the lawn that are easily pulled up, usually a sign of grubs eating the roots of your grass. Chinch bugs love hot dry areas in lawns. They make the lawn look dried out along sidewalks and pavement. Treat with Cyonara, or Triazicide in easy ready-to-spray bottles. For organic control, use Spinosad or Diatomaceous Earth.