It’s officially summertime, and things are heating up in the garden! From pruning to planting, a few gardening tasks will set you up for success during some of the most prolific blooming periods of the year. So here you’ll find our timely garden tasks to do in June.
- Edge your garden beds for a clean and structured look.
- Apply a thin layer of mulch over the root zone of your perennials and shrubs to lock in soil moisture before the summer heat sets in. Keep a 4-6 inch circle of open soil next to the stems to avoid any stem rot diseases.
- As it is getting hotter and hotter in your garden, make sure you frequently water your lawns and plants, especially in containers, to keep them happy.
4. Decorate your patio with potted annuals, perennials, or shrubs!
If there is no rain during the week, water 2 times that week to supplement the water that is missing. The rule of thumb is at 75F, landscape plants need 1" of rain per week. For every 10F over 75F, an additional 1/2" is needed. So at 85F, there should be 1.5" of rainfall. (Ideally, it would be ½ inch on Monday night, ½ inch on Wednesday night and ½ on Saturday night – all while we are sleeping. But, we all know it does not work that way, so make sure to own a good sprinkler!)
Jennifer Brennan is the Horticulture Information Specialist, advising and coaching gardeners at Chalet for over 30 years.