It’s Summer & The Living is Easy
Posted in Monthly Landscape Tips on May 30, 2014
Gardening in June
You’ve worked hard all spring and now it’s time to take a deep breath, let it out and relax. All the hard work is done; it’s time to focus on maintenance and enjoying the fruits of your labors. Even then, the maintenance is pretty easy when gardening in June!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
The summer sun and higher temperatures tend to take a lot of moisture from the soil so it’s important to keep hydration going.
- Make sure your irrigation system is operating at peak efficiency. Leaks in the system or damaged sprinkler heads not only waste water, but don’t effectively handle your watering needs. You can also “go greener” by calling or visiting Hydro-Scape to learn about our water-saving systems.
- Drench your compost pile to keep decomposition working. If you can provide it some shade, that will keep it moist longer and save you water and work.
- Water your lawn, all your plant beds and give all of your containers a good soak. If your container plants are wilting even with the extra water, move them to the shade for at least part of the day.
- Another tip on conserving water is remembering that drought-tolerant native plants and other dry-climate plants need less water. Infrequent deep waterings will do the job until the rains come later in the year.
More Mulch, Please
By now you’ve most likely mulched your flower beds and the area around your trees and shrubs. If you haven’t, now is the time! Mulch cuts down on weed growth, improves the soil quality and save water! Put a layer about two – three inches deep in all beds; the same amount is good for trees and shrubs, but make sure to not put it up against their trunks as it will interfere with the health of the plants.
One of the easy maintenance items to do in June is continuing to fertilize. All of your plants will benefit from some extra “food” now. Make sure to read packaging instructions or consult a Hydro-Scape expert as different plants require different fertilizers and application methods may vary, too.
You should fertilize your:
- Citrus trees
- Avocado trees
- Container plants
Part of summertime maintenance is deadheading and pruning. Both help to keep your garden and landscape looking lovely. Deadheading is simply clipping off dead flower blossoms; pruning is the removal of dead, browned or diseased foliage. Keeping your perennials pruned improves the appearance of the plants. If you have palm trees though, pruning the emerging flower stalks prevents fruiting. You can also prune dead palm leaves, but be careful to leave the live ones alone! Removing live palm leaves has a serious negative impact on the plant’s health.
Hydro-Scape has all the tools and equipment you need to keep your landscape green, bright and healthy! From power equipment, long handled tools, pruning saws, scissors and hand tools, we’ve got you covered.
Check-up for Health
Summer is the perfect time to perform health check-ups on your plants. Disease, pests and weeds can become problems if you don’t stay on top of them. Don’t worry, it’s not hard at all and you don’t have to worry about insurance coverage for this health care!
- Fungal disease in tomatoes and roses can be treated with a spray fungicide. There are organic as well as chemical versions available. Check with your local Hydro-Scape.
- Iron chlorosis makes leave pale or yellow with green ribs. Chelated iron solves the problem; apply according to instructions.
- Aphids and other small sucking insects like whitefly are treated with insecticidal soap such as Safer® brand.
- Spider mites are treated with pyrethrum, an organic extract from chrysanthemums. Or you can use Bayer Insect Disease and Mite Control.
- Mowing your lawn on a regular basis keeps weeds under control and promotes thick, healthy grass.
- Always clean up fallen fruit from citrus, apple, peach, pear and other fruit trees.
Some Like it Hot
June, with hotter temperatures, is a great time to transplant palm trees as the soil is warm enough. It’s also the right time to plant heat-loving tropicals and sub-tropicals as well as late-summer flowering annuals and perennials. These plants fare much better now than in the early spring.
You can also plant heat-loving veggies like cucumbers, okra, pumpkin, melons, corn, green beans, lima beans, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant and New Zealand spinach. At this point, don’t plant any non-heat-loving plants, though; they likely won’t thrive.
Last, but certainly not least, is the harvest! You’ve put in the work, you’ve done the maintenance, now reap the fruits (and veggies) of your labors! Plus, the more you harvest, the more your plants will produce! Throw a patio party; eat well and enjoy the beauty of your garden!