Prune your evergreen shrubs & blooming shrubs if the flowering has stopped but do not prune summer or fall blooming shrubs now, or the buds may be lost.
June is also the month for Roses so continue your care routine of spraying, feeding, pruning and deadheading. Prune Climbing Roses after blooming. Cut out diseased & dead canes, leaving three or four vigorous canes.
Cut your flowers, remember that the more you cut, the more you will have. If you don’t let them set seed, they will continue to produce new blooms.
For fuller plants and additional blooming, deadhead your annuals & perennials as well.
Keep fertilizing your annuals every 7 to 10 days with liquid fertilizer.
Stake your tall perennials & train trailing vines.
Pinch back Chrysanthemums & Asters for fall blooms & pinch back your annual herbs.
To maintain a thick growth at the base, shear your hedges after their first flush of growth. 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.
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.
To retain moisture in the soil during the dry weather, replenish or replace mulch around shrubs, trees & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4”.
Continue mowing routine. Be sure to cut fescue at 3” or higher to prevent brown out and edge your bed & turf areas.
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!
Continue to monitor plant material for insects & disease damage. Treat as needed, following label instructions.
If you notice Japanese beetles, hang traps and/or spray with Sevin (liquid or dust) and don’t forget to re-apply after watering or any rainfall.
To promote your Rhododendron’s blooming for next year, add super phosphate to the soil around it.
If you have any questions or if you are looking for advice to design your existing landscape, we would love to help out, so call us at 631 261-2226 or contact us online now for a fall planting plan!