As summer temperatures start to rise, it’s important to monitor what’s happening in your garden. Here are important tips for the month of June.
If you fertilized your lawn in February or March of this year, now is the time to give it a second boost. Horticultural experts agree a spring, summer and fall fertilization schedule is the best and most effective treatment for lawns. Applying in June, gives your grass the nutrients it requires to withstand the higher temperatures we’ll see in July and August. We highly recommend our 16-4-12 McDade’s fertilizer formulated for the Cedar Creek Lake area.
Likewise, applying a pre-emergent on your lawn in June will help prevent unwanted weeds, especially those annoying grassburrs (sandburs). A pre-emergent prevents weed seeds from germinating. Corn gluten acts as an effective organic pre-emergent without harm to animals or children.
Remember to move the cutting height of your lawn mower up a notch. Having a taller, thicker lawn will require less watering and will keep the grass looking greener. You also don’t have to mow as often!
Watering the garden everyday causes plants to develop shallow root systems. A watering schedule of 2 – 3 times a week for longer durations is recommended, as it encourages roots to grow deep. It’s also best to water early morning rather than during the heat of the day or in the evening.
During June, we see a dramatic increase in the number of pests in the garden along with different types of fungus. Be on the lookout for insect damage that can quickly destroy vegetable and flower beds. Act quickly by using an approved insecticide to prevent spread and further damage. Fungus can show up in your lawn (especially St. Augustine), on shrubs (like roses), fruit trees and in the vegetable garden. For gardeners interested in using organic products, neem oil and diatomaceous earth are effective and safe ways to treat insects on vegetables, fruits and berries.
Lastly, help protect plants and conserve water by applying a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch keeps the soil temperature cooler, keeps out weeds and retains water below the soil line. Cedar mulch is especially effective as it repels insects.