It’s time to transition our gardens as we leap into Summer! Here’s our top priorities for June, which include joining us for DeAnna’s garden talk this Saturday, June 4th at 10am. Bring your questions!
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. Join us for ‘Summer Garden Tips’ Garden Talk
This Saturday, June 4th at 10am, DeAnna Baumgartner, Gill’s manager, master gardener, and Texas Certified Nursery Professional with 40 years of Coastal Bend gardening experience will share her best tips for Summer gardening. She’ll cover Summer planting, proper watering techniques, identifying and treating pests and other issues, fertilizing, and lots more. Bring your questions – DeAnna’s got answers. One attendee will win a $100 Gill’s gift card!
2. 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. Try adding spineless Prickly Pear, Texas Sage, and other Summer-lovers that add color and form to landscapes.
3. Water… don’t go by the calendar!
With recent rains AND warmer weather, we need to be extra mindful of watering properly. That means we can’t rely on the calendar to tell us when to water. We need to pay closer attention to plants and check to be sure they need water. Pro tip: Use a moisture meter! We carry them and can show you how easy they are to use. They’ve saved many plants! When it’s time to water, do it in the morning before 10am. 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 but turn them off when we get rain, so you don’t over water and encourage fungal issues. Summer lawns need about 1 inch of water once a week.
4. Houseplants Inside aka Tropical Plants Outside!
Houseplants are beautiful indoors & help rid the air of pollutants from fabrics, carpets, paints, and other household items. They also look spectacular outside on a shady patio set in pretty pots. Check out Sansevieria, Philodendron, & Hoya varieties for easy care and big impact! Pro tip: if you have a sad houseplant, try moving it to a shady spot outside for a few days to get some fresh air.
5. Watch for Summer lawn 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 in easy ready-to-spray bottles. For organic control, use Spinosad or Diatomaceous Earth. Remember that healthy lawns are less susceptible to damage from bugs, heat stress, and common lawn disease like Take All Root Rot. Water lawns deeply (a good 1”) once a week this Summer and fertilize every 3 months. If you fertilized in April, wait to feed again in July.
6. Crape Myrtles – Choose While Blooming!
Crape Myrtle trees are just starting their Summer bloom cycle. Best to choose your color now while they’re in bloom, then plant and enjoy them for years to come. You must plan to water them or check them every day during this Summer. Crape Myrtles are water-needy when first planted.
If I fertilized in April, do I need to fertilize again now?
Typically you fertilize every 3 months. I would fertilize early July with Medina Growin Green. Keeping the lawn and landscape plants healthy through the summer is very important due to heat stress.
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I have a huge anthurium that has outgrown its pot & needs transplanting. How, when, & where should I take care of this? It’s blooming now.
When do you need to get new shoes? When your feet get too big! So any time you are ready, your plant sounds like it is ready to move up. But not TOO much, the new pot should not have room for more than 2″ of new potting mix all around the rootball. And don’t overwater, the new potting mix with no roots in it yet will tend to stay wet longer, until the roots move in.
I fertilized the lawn (Floratam) late March. Just noticed a lot of yellow areas. Last year I put down some Ironite, but it didn’t help. What do you think/recommend?
If you are here in South Texas, see our blog on Take All Root Rot, that may very well be your problem. https://gillnursery.com/protect-your-lawn-recent-take-all-root-rot-sightings/
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After all first round of rains, my floratam has gotten very light colored and has small brown spots on the blades. What is that and what should I do for it. Just got another 4 inches of rain today.
Lots of rain or frequent watering washes out the nitrogen, so you will want to fertilize once the heaviest rain has stopped. But also, the grass grows so quickly after the rains that nitrogen and especially iron are not transported to the foliage as fast as new growth extends. So there is some catching up to do on the plant’s part. The fungus may go away on its own once things dry up, and I personally like to wait and see. But if you want to use fungicide pre-emptively, we have it.
I truly appreciate your newsletter. Thanks for all of the great advice after the freeze. I think most of us needed the guidance you provided because it had been such a long time since we had dealt with a hard, long freeze.
Thank you, Ginger.
I recently started my gardening and had no idea what to plant every month, this article is very helpful. Thanks for sharing a lot of information!
What should I set my mower? 3 or 3-1/2?
3 inches in sunny areas, 3 1/2 inches in shady areas
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