June Gardening Tips

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  • Fertilize Annuals and Perennials for early summer. Apply at half strength during this drought
  • Clean up fallen citrus fruit and debris to prevent pests
  • Replenish mulch to a minimum of 2” thick especially during this drought
  • Cultivate the surface of mulch to prevent crusting and to allow water to percolate
  • Adjust lawn mower blade height for late-spring to summer months. Keep blades sharp to avoid “tearing” leaf blades. Raise mower cutting height to 3” or more during this drought
  • Program irrigation controllers for this summer and reduce by 20% for drought response
  • Control aphids, scale and mealy bugs using integrated pest management techniques. Treat small populations with low impact products such as Safer Soap
  • Water container plants whenever soil has dried 1 inch below the surface
  • Remove dead flowers to encourage more blooms
  • Early summer is time to apply an organic granular rose and flower fertilizer
  • Complete pruning of spring flowering shrubs. Prune lightly during this drought
  • Plant summer edibles
  • Control weeds to help reduce drought stress on ornamental plants

Consult the Drought Resources section of the Gardenworks Inc. website for more drought response tips