June Garden Tips
This is a great time to mulch the garden. Perhaps you've already done so - for those of you who have neglected to mulch you may be paying the price in weeds - so follow any weeding with a thick (3-4”) layer of mulch and keep the weed problem to a minimum going forward.
Those who are already converts to mulching, keep at it, especially new plantings. Mulch not only cuts down on weeds but also prevents soil from drying out as quickly. Don’t forget to mulch around trees, too, but in all cases keep mulch from piling up around the base of the plant. The mulch level at the base should never be higher than the soil level.
Continue to fertilize roses and other heavy feeders. If you have amended your soil with compost and are using an organic fertilizer, you do not need to do much else at this point.
Dead-head roses as the first round of blooms finishes. Cut blossoms for bouquets early in the morning and get them into deep, warmish water quickly – the stems will take up the water and remain fresh longer in the vase.
Pull or prune suckers from the bottom of sucker-prone plants such as wisteria, crab-apples, poplars, etc.
If you have wisteria, prune it aggressively after bloom, cutting back to 2 nodes on new branches to ensure a robust display of bloom next year. You should prune it again in the fall, also.
As the weather warms the aphid problem will lesson – be alert for any remaining colonies and spray them off with water.
Fill in empty spaces in flowerbeds or borders with annuals such as zinnias, container sunflowers or impatiens.
If you plan to be away this summer, ensure that you have someone to water, or set up your irrigation system on automatic timers.
There is still a lot to do in June, but enjoying the garden should be high on your list. The plentiful flowers bring out the bees and hummingbirds in full force and birds are busy courting and making nests.