Happy June!! Summer is almost here. The baby tomato plants I grew from seed are lookin’ good! The front planters are respectable looking…just need a few fillers. The weeding...well…”I wished I had weeded more!” said nobody on their deathbed ever.
Here is your list, however if you are lucky enough to get one of those Fatboy hammocks for Father’s Day then you are exempt.
Aren’t you happy you fertilized? Now mow. A mulching mower is worth its weight in gold. It will cut down on your watering and fertilizing. Check your city website for watering days.
Weed, topdress and fertilize. This is your mantra. Now is the time when your weeds and plant eating bugs are at the top of their game. You weed, turn your back for a second and then 2 more have popped up…like battling the mythological Hydra. Don’t despair…keep knocking them down, come July and August, they’ll start to slow down.
Dealing With Bugs
Aphids are everywhere, scale has come to town like freeloading ex-roomies and leaf rollers are turning the leaves on your shrubs into twizzlers.
Relax. If you have a Fatboy hammock you are already there. Look for beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings etc. If you have scale, squishing is gross but works well on small plants. A cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol also works. If you have scale on a larger tree you might have to resort to a systemic insecticide, however scale is often a secondary problem. They generally attack trees that are already under stress or are diseased.
If you are unsure call in an expert at integrated pest management; your local arborist, we have one or two on staff as well. Aphids can be hosed off plants or squished as can leaf rollers. There are safer insecticidal soaps out there. Assess the damage, look for beneficials, decide if it merits action. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what we’re here for!
Veggies and Fruits
You can continue to sow beans, lettuce, radish, corn and other speedy veggies for successive harvesting. You can plant out seedlings if you haven’t already. Begin harvesting strawberries…if you don’t have your own a you-pick is awesome. Raspberry plants will be coming on line soon and I have picked the first few Honeyberries.
Keep thinning fruit on apples and plums and pears to prevent breakage. I seem to have quite large crops on a number of my fruit trees. So far a pretty good spring, a far sight better than the last couple I’m thinking.
Continue to deadhead and fertilize. There is still a great selection of annuals if you have any casualties. The misconception is that the season is over already. Nothing could be further from the truth - the colourful season is just starting. There is a fantastic abundance of beautiful plants available and it is NOT too late to plant!
Go out and have some fun picking beautiful plants!
Monitor drainage. If you find your plants are needing a little extra moisture, you can grab some moss and use it on the top of the soil in between your annuals until they fill in.
Water, fertilize and repot if needed. You can give some of your plants a summer vacation outside if you have a good spot for them.
That should keep you busy for a bit. Don’t forget Father’s day. Get outside and have fun. It’s not all work out there. Do your best, get dirty and don’t forget to smell the flowers!