June Garden to do List

Planting

  • Warm season grasses.  Use plugs, seed, or sprig.  It is also a good time to seed tall prairie grasses such as bluestem, Indiangrass or gramma
  • The weather is warming enough to begin planting your tropical beds or moving them outside.
  • Trees and shrubs that have been grown or kept in containers.  See our article on transplanting trees for more information
  • Warm season annuals
  • Perennials
  • Ground covers
  • Hot weather vegetables
  • Herbs

Fertilize

  • Begin fertilizing your potted plants and annuals with a good organic fertilizer.  Spray with compost tea every two weeks.  Drenching root zones is also a good idea.  Fortify your compost Texas with liquid fish for added value.

Pruning

  • Climbing roses immediately after they bloom
  • Spring flowering vines and shrubs after they bloom
  • Pinch back mums weekly
  • Any dead or misshapen growth.  Pay particular attention to your roses.  If they appear strange, check out Rose Rosette Disease.

Watering

  • Turf – Water as needed. 
  • Water potted plants and landscape plants as needed.  As temperatures warm, potted plants need more water.

Pests and Diseases

  • Continue to release beneficial insects such as Trichogramma wasps, lacewings, and ladybugs to aid insect control in your garden.
  • If fleas and ticks begin to appear, apply diatomaceous earth in dry weather and beneficial nematodes anytime.  Control chiggers with elemental sulfur at about four pounds per thousand square feet. 
  • Watch for caterpillars and loopers.  Trichogramma wasps can help or spray bacillus thuringiensus (Bt) to help with controlling these.  Remember that you may also be attacking the caterpillars the produce the beautiful butterflies like the monarch and swallowtail so be careful.
  • Aphids will begin to appear.  Waterblast your plants and release ladybugs
  • Lacebugs may appear on azaleas or sycamores.  Spray garlic pepper tea or horticultural oil as a control.
  • Mosquitoes, especially with all the rain, will start to appear.  Mist or spray plants with horticultural oil products;  add granulated garlic to pepper potted plants and under bushes where mosquitoes are known to congregate. 
  • Brown patch or other fungal diseases may begin to show up after our wet month.  Whole ground cornmeal applies at ten to twenty pounds per thousand square feet will help turf grass with these diseases. 
  • Bacterial and viral diseases can be controlled by spraying a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution added to your compost tea or just by itself.
  • As late spring weeds and weedy grasses appear, remove them by hand.  Spot spray with a 10% vinegar solution (see our article on vinegar)  For more vigorous control add an ounce of orange oil to the vinegar solution.

Odd Jobs

  • Mow as needed.  Raise your mower as grass thickens.  Leave the clipping to feed the soil.
  • Turn your compost pile
  • Mulch any bare soil in your landscape
  • Feed and water the birds

DON’T!

  • Till your soil
  • Scalp your yard
  • Spray any synthetic man-made pesticide, herbicides or fertilizer.