June Garden Calendar
- Plant buffalo grass June through July if irrigation is available. If not, plant in April or May to take advantage of the moisture.
- Spray nutgrass while it is still small.
- As the weather turns hot and dry, sprinkler systems need to be turned on and checked for leaks and uniformity of coverage.
- If any weeds survived spring treatments, they can be spot treated now with a product such as Fertilome’s Weed Free Zone.
- Fertilome’s Greenmaker can still be added to fescue lawns that weren’t fertilized earlier in the year.
- Stop grubs before they can damage your lawn. Apply Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone II in June or July.
- Mulching tomatoes with straw, compost, leaves, or grass clippings will hold soil moisture, prevent weeds and help to control some diseases.
- Fertilize annual flowers and vegetables for best growth and production.
- Keep mums pinched to 4″ until July 4th so they will bloom at the right time in the fall and to prevent legginess.
- Trim climbing roses in June after they bloom.
Trees and Shrub
- Check for bagworms. They are easier to control when they are small. Pick off and destroy all you can find, then spray with Bonide Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew.
- Watch all plants for spider mites. Signs of mite damage are speckled leaves and a pale dirty appearance. One way to determine their presence is to shake the infected area over a white piece of paper. Mites will appear as red, green, or black specks that are moving.
- Check crape myrtle, lilac, and hibiscus for powdery mildew. This is a fungal disease that looks like powder on the leaves. Spray with a labeled fungicide.
- Mosquitos could be a nuisance or threat this time of year. Make sure to get rid of standing water or add Bt products to the water. There are also many repellant and control products to spray for the adults if you’re going to be outside.