Garden to do list for june: June is a hot dry month, so keep things tidy with this summer garden to do list
–June is usually a hot, dry month around the garden. The hotter and dryer it is the more water you may need, so water the garden daily for water needs.
–The sun may be beating down too hard on some of your more tender plants like lettuce. If so, build a lath cover or put some shade cloth over the area to cool it down.
–If the bulbs in your naturalized lawn have died back then now is the time to cut the lawn grass. The bulbs will bloom again next year.
–Continue to prune your spent roses as this will encourage more flowers.
–If you find black spot on your roses you can spray some weak baking soda mixture on the plant after removing all diseased leaves carefully.
–Cultivating your roses now will kill weeds and aerate the soil.
–Keep any leggy vines cut back to keep them within bounds.
–Cut your roses after the morning dew has disappeared. If cut before they are in full bloom they will last longer as a cut flower inside. Cut stem again under running water and place in water that has an aspirin dissolved in it.
–Stake any tall and top heavy flowers such as gladioli. Windy summer days or rainy summer days can easily break them. Cut them before a summer storm, to enjoy inside.
–When all the spring blooming shrubs are finished blooming for the season they can be pruned back by about one third.
–As roses fade, save the petals for your own home made potpourri.
–Harvest mints and other perennial herbs.
–As early crops are harvested from the vegetable garden you can plant the next succession crop.
–If tomato plants have any suckers, remove them and larger tomatoes will develop.
–Fertilize any plant that needs it or if it has not received fertilizer in the last three months.
–Cuttings can be taken to start new plants.
–Plant some herbs in a kitchen garden near the back door, either in pots or in beds.
–Check to see if more mulch needs to be added to prevent weeds. You need at least 4-6 inches of mulch.
–Check for any pests and take steps to control them right away. Don¡¦t use pesticides.
–It is still not too late to plant seeds of fast growing annuals like zinnias or bachelor buttons.
–Pick up any debris that has fallen from pear trees or pecan trees as they will root quickly.
–Winter pansies can be replaced by a summer annual like Sweet Alyssum.
–Clean up grassy border edges to keep runners from taking over flower beds.
–Water plants can be put in ponds in June. They like the heat of summer.
–Harvest your vegetables before they get too large. Preserving smaller vegetables is easier and they are tastier and more tender.
–Most of all enjoy your hard work. The garden is meant to be enjoyed.