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Garden Solutions - June 2011

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Local Blogs - Hillermann Nursery & Florist
Wednesday, 01 June 2011
Picture of perenial garden phloxThis month I will begin with a reminder that June is Perennial Gardening Month.  Perennials are herbaceous plants that die back to the ground in the winter but return year after year to dazzle us with color. 

The Perennial Plant Association's "Perennials of the Year" (proven performance perennials that have been named since 1991) are usually great choices for anyone's garden, as they are tried and true varieties. We are in planting zone 5, so it is always important to check that bit of information as well, on all plants you plan to leave from year to year in your yard.

Here are some quick tips to Fabulous Perennials:  Begin by preparing the soil, then choose plants carefully, sun vs. shade, etc.  Purchase plants that can establish in one season and space perennials to give them room to grow.  Fertilize, mulch, control weeds and insects.  Clean up your beds at the end of each season and enjoy!!!

Well, June is also the month of graduations, weddings, vacations, Father's Day, and the beginning of summer.  This is the month that we all begin to spend more of our free time outdoors, enjoying our gardens and the fruits of our labor from the last several months.  If all of you have kept up with your tasks, then this month should be easy.  However, if you are like me, June will be a month you get caught up.

The first task that we need to do this month is to get the spring flowering trees and shrubs trimmed.  Flowering crabapples, serviceberry, dogwoods, magnolias, lilacs and viburnums all set their buds for next years' flower on the new growth they develop this year.  These plants should be pruned now to encourage new growth and therefore flower buds for next year.  I recommend that you complete the pruning of these plants by early this month.

Here are other tips for the garden for June:

  • Watch for the outbreak of bagworms on garden plants, especially junipers. Then spray affected plants with Permethrin sold under the label ‘Eight'.
  • Deadhead bulbs and spring perennials as blossoms fade.
  • Repeat plantings of corn and beans to extend the harvest season.
  • Fertilize Zoysia grass now while it is actively growing.
  • Renovate strawberries after harvest. Mow the rows; thin out excess plants; remove weeds; fertilize and apply mulch for weed control.
  • Spray roses with a fungicide to prevent black spot disease and fertilize monthly.
  • Continue pinching back your garden mums until July 4th to promote full, bushy growth and good fall color.
  • Water turf as needed to prevent drought stress, and watch for fungus problems.
  • Mow lawns frequently enough to remove no more than one-third the total height per mowing.
  • Continue enjoying the antics of the wildlife in your yard and gardens by continuing to supply food and water sources for them.
  • Change hummingbird nectar at least weekly to prevent fungus from growing. You can make your own nectar, 1 part sugar to 4 parts water---no food coloring please!
  • Rejuvenate your older lilacs by cutting to the ground one third of the largest branches. This will create a fuller, lusher specimen.
  • Orioles (if you were lucky enough to keep them around) begin building a gray woven nest; this takes about a week.
  • Watch for birds carrying food to their young.
  • Gray squirrels begin a second breeding.

Fully enjoy your garden; it is the only true place to connect you to Mother Nature.

See you in the Garden...

Sandi Hillermann McDonald

Hillermann Nursery & Florist,


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