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June Garden Tips

Planting:

  • Continue to tuck in or fill out your garden beds with all the wonderful annual and perennial color. Celosia, dahlia, marigold, petunia, portulaca, salvia, scabiosa, verbena, zinnia, rudbeckia, gloriosa daisy, heliotrope, coreopsis, delphinium, digitalis--the list goes on and on!

  • Subtropicals abound. Now is an excellent time to plant hibiscus, gardenia, palms, tibouchina (princess flower), and/or bougainvillea, shrub or vine.

  • Keep planting Native plants until Fall

  • Plant warm season crops, beans, corn, cucurbis (cucumbers, gourds, luffas, melons, squash), eggplant, peanuts, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, sunflowers and other heat lovers.

  • pumpkinPlant pumpkins Now (for parents with kids that love Halloween pumpkin carving and decorating)

  • For that kitchen garden, now is a good time to plant your culinary herbs such as basil, chives, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage and tarragon. Rosemary should be a permanent member of your garden!

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Fertilizing:

  • productNow is a good time to fertilize your flowers, roses, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Use Gro Power Plus 5-3-1. Gro Power builds healthy soil by adding beneficial humic acids to the soil. We also recommend using Dr. Earth products.

  • Fertilize warm season lawns with Dr. Earth Super Natural Lawn Food. It’s 100% Organic and is on sale this month!

  • Feed avocado and citrus trees. Use a good all around fertilizer such as Dr. Earth Organic Citrus and Avocado food or contact us to learn of other conventional and organic fertilizers that will your growing needs best!

  • Once a tomato plant starts flowering, it needs a higher ratio of potassium. Use Dr. Earth Tomato, Vegetable and Herb Food – its Organic!

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Maintenance:

  • When planting new trees & shrubs use Sunshine Pro Planting Mix mixed with Gro Power Plus for difficult soil conditions. For established plants; apply at least 4 inches of mulch to hold in moisture & help prevent weeds.

  • Many have asked us what is causing yellowing in the leaves of their citrus, camellias, and gardenias. Iron deficiency. Do the leaves near the top of the plant have green veins but yellow in between the veins? Time for either a foliar spray or a soil drench such as Grow More Iron Chelate or Ironite. This will help return those leaves to green!

  • Deep water entire garden to flush accumulated salts to prepare for summer heat. Re-adjust sprinkler settings, repair and add lines to use water more efficiently.  Are you wasting water? Be sure to use a hose end sprayer equipped with a shut off valve. All Gilmour Hose End Accessories are 15% off through June.
  • productClean up fallen fruit, vegetables and flowers regularly as they can harbor pests such as worms, borers and other destructive larvae. All Ames Long Handled Tools are 15% off through June.
  • Mow cool season lawns long and warm season lawns short.
  • Continue to propagate and clean-up daylilies
  • Watch for fungal disease on tomatoes. Spray with a organic fungicide such as Safer Fungicide Garden Spray
  • Rose lovers, you may be starting to experience powdery mildew, rust, and of course, the "beloved" rose slug. And oh, did I mention aphids? There is a multitude of products: earth-friendly types and others that are synthetic. Please contact us for suggestions on the best pest-fighting product for your rose garden.
  • Pick and deadhead roses, but stop disbudding them now. Water roses well this time of year. Roses need one inch of water twice a week during the hot season.
  • If you haven’t already done so, Plumarias should be moved to warm full sun now.
  • Native plants - Wash the dust off shrubs and trees with a quick shower once a month. Native plants only need infrequent, deep water from now until later in the year.  Mulch around plants with shredded bark or gravel.
  • Remove seed pods from fuchsias.
  • Prune impatiens & petunias.
  • Pinch the flowers off of coleus.

  • Control weeds with Roundup in isolated areas away from any plants you wish to remain alive. Use hand tools to assist with pulling weeds in and around your plants.

  • Insects and pests to watch for:
    • Ants - Amdro Ant Block granules kills over 14 species of ants and destroys the entire colony!
    • Gophers - Use Cooke Quick Action Gopher Mix or Wilco Gopher Getter
    • Squirrels-Use Wilco Squirrel Bait & Bait Stations
    • Insects, above & below ground - such as rose midges, grubs, whitefly, aphids & ants, use Bayer Complete Insect Killer
    • Tobacco budworm, caterpillars, loopers - Spray with Safer Caterpillar Killer (BT) (bacillus thuringensis) or with Green Light Spinosad.
    • Rats and Mice – Use Just One Bite Mouse & Rat Bait

  • Use Ortho EcoSense Indoor Insect Killer safely and effectively kills insects inside your home. It’s main ingredient is 100% natural soybean oil.

  • Inspect your sprinkler system for damaged sprinkler heads, which waste water and replace as needed.
  • Step up your watering as we enter into these warmer months (for certain plants).

 

 

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