June

  • Continue to spray weeds in bed areas as necessary. If hand-weeding, it is easier when the soil is damp. Try to get to weeds before they seed…if not your weed problems will multiply!
  • Can prune evergreen shrubs & blooming shrubs (if flowering has stopped).
  • Continue Rose care routine, spraying, feeding, pruning & deadheading. This is the month to enjoy your Roses!
  • Prune Climbing Roses after blooming. Cut out diseased & dead canes, leaving three or four vigorous canes.
  • Do not prune summer or fall blooming shrubs now or buds may be lost.
  • Remove dead & diseased wood & water sprouts from Dogwood.
  • If you notice Japanese beetles, hang traps and/or spray with Sevin (liquid or dust). Remember to re-apply Sevin after watering or any rainfall. Follow label instructions.
  • Add super phosphate to soil around Rhododendron to promote blooms for next year.
  • Stake tall perennials & train trailing vines.
  • Continue to fertilize annuals every 7 to 10 days with liquid fertilizer.
  • Deadhead annuals & perennials for fuller plants & additional blooming. Cut flowers to enjoy…the more you cut, the more you will have. If you don’t let them set seed, they will continue to produce new blooms.
  • Replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4”. This helps the soil retain moisture during dry weather.
  • Continue to monitor plant material for insects & disease damage. Treat as needed, following label instructions.
  • Continue to water plant material, especially newly installed landscapes (if no significant rainfall). The best time to water is first thing in the morning, the plant makes best use of the water at this time of day. Also, it helps prevent rot & fungus.
  • Continue to edge bed & turf areas.
  • Continue mowing routine. Be sure to cut fescue at 3” or higher to prevent brown out.
  • Continue to spot spray lawn for weeds with appropriate herbicide. Follow label instructions.
  • Continue to provide food & water for our feathered friends. Remember to keep hummingbird solution fresh.
  • Can continue to plant trees & shrubs this month, if an irrigation system exists or if you are a conscientious water-er!
  • Continue to pinch back Chrysanthemums & Asters for fall blooms.
  • Add to & turn compost pile. Remember to keep diseased plant material out of compost piles.
  • Pinch back annual herbs & thin Basil.
  • Place netting over fruit trees to protect from birds.
  • Shear hedges after their first flush of growth. To maintain thick growth at the base, be sure that the hedge is wider at the bottom than it is at the top. Otherwise, the lower branches will grow thin in the shade of the ones above.
  • Remember to start planning for fall. Fall is the best time for planting trees & shrubs, so call us at 540-842-7685 or contact us online now for a fall planting plan!