June Check List
Shrubs that have finished flowering already will need to be pruned in order to be able to set buds
for next years' bloom, (such as: Forthisia, Rhododendron, Lilac and Weigela). Waiting to prune
will only diminish the quantity of blooms you will have next year. If you do not wish to reduce their
size, you should at least deadhead the spent flowers; this will enable the shrubs to spend energy
in setting new buds, rather than seed.
Deadheads Need Not Apply
Taking a few minutes each day to walk around your garden and do a little deadheading is not only
a great way to unwind from your busy day, but will keep your plants blooming. When flower heads
fade, clip them off to the nearest node so they will keep producing gorgeous blooms. You can
stretch a two week bloom period into a month! How is that for being thrifty...and not to mention
Maintain Your Sanity with Deadheading from our August 2007 newsletter.
Divide and Conquer
Any plants that were getting a little too big to handle last year should be divided and spread out.
Letting your plants get crowded and overgrown will only start stressing your plant and your back.
The bigger the root ball, the harder it is to split or dig out; you will then most likely not get all the
root system, if it is growing into your favorite shrub it will then only cause additional stress to your
plant. Dividing early will make your job easier and you win the war on overcrowding.
More to learn with our June 2007 Grow Your Mind: Division and Propagating newsletter.
A Little Water If You Please
Keep an eye on the moisture levels in your soil. If you have an irrigation system then check to make sure the rain sensor is working correctly and that the run times are adjusted to coincide with the new seasonal temperatures. An inch of water per week is ample for both your lawn and garden.
Pests Watch 101
June is a great time to start looking for any garden pests and disease. Looking at foliage for Powdery Mildew, Black Spot, and Sawflies are a good start. You may also see Aphids, June Beetles, Lily Leaf beetles, slugs and earwigs. Check your lawn for grubs, chinch bug and crabgrass. With the pesticide bans in effect your only alternatives will be to live with them, home remedies, organic solutions and/or hand picking. There are many companies that can provide you with information and suggestions based on your individual needs.
For all lawn care maintenance call Rockcliffe Landscaping for all landscaping services.