June Task

Gardening tasks for June:

  • Take stem- cuttings from woody perennials & ornamentals to produce more plants.
  • If mums are tall & leggy cut back ½ & pinch off blooms.
  • Deadhead lavender, coreopsis & other summer bloomers to encourage second bloom.
  • Disinfect pruners & loppers with a 1/10 bleach & water solution to discourage spread of disease. Rinse well and oil blades.
  • Sharpen hoes & shovels.
  • Weed, weed & weed some more.
  • Set sundials on June 15th. Place it so the shadow falls on 12 at EXACTLY 12 noon.
  • Clean & refill hummingbird feeders every 4 days. Use 1-cup sugar to 4 cups water. DO NOT use food coloring.
  • Water & turn compost bins.
  • Clean & refill birdbaths. Try putting 5 pennies in each birdbath to help out with the scum.
  • Get rid of standing water to discourage mosquitoes. If you have open water containers add orange peels to keep mosquitoes down.
  • Look for insects on all plants.
  • Replenish mulch as needed.
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs.
  • Sow fall vegetable seeds such as broccoli, pumpkin, cauliflower, cabbage, & kale late in the month.
  • Continue to plant annuals & annual seeds in vacant spots.
  • Net fruit trees to protect from the birds.
  • Fertilize beds & roses.
  • Pinch back fall bloomers like Mexican mint marigold, Mexican bush sage & asters.
  • Go out & enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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