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Tips for June

  Father’s Day is Sunday June 21st and we have a great selection of gardening tools, pruners and all things any Dad would love.  Not sure what to get him?  How about a new tree?  Or give him a Classic Nursery Gift Certificate and let him pick his own gift. 

This is still a great time for planting — vegetables, annuals, even trees and shrubs — but more importantly it is the time to WATCH WATERING!

Water new plantings deeply, rather than daily spot-watering which won't get water down to the deeper roots. Deep water new trees & shrubs with a 5 gallon bucket of water once a week.

Water early in the morning, rather than midday or in the evening.  Watering in the morning gives plants time to absorb water before the heat of the day and cuts down on evaporation. Your plants will be less susceptible to ugly plant problems like black spot and powdery mildew.  Both of these plant diseases arise from water sitting on the leaves for long periods of time, such as overnight!

Watering from overhead may cause leaf-burn from the midday sun and can make your plants susceptible to disease.  Water at the base of your plants to avoid these dangers.

Mulch around plants to help hold moisture in the soil and keep it more evenly available to thirsty roots. This is also a great way to keep weeds at bay as they try and regrow.

Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables:
Clean out containers of spent bulbs and early spring annuals and repot with a fresh supply of all-summer annuals. Mix and match for a season of color! Fertilize and mulch tomatoes. Prune them for good air circulation and to help prevent those unwanted fungi and blights. Water them regularly and evenly; uneven watering is one of the causes of blossom drop (remember not to water overhead at the heat of the day, to avoid leaf burn). Plant Now! . Early June warm season crops - Tomatoes, Squash, Beans. It is also time to start thinking about starting another succession planting of greens — lettuce, spinach, chard, arugula — to maintain a steady supply of these delectable nutritional powerhouses throughout the fresh-eating season. We also carry Renee's Seeds seed line if you want to try your hand at starting these from seed.

Trees, Shrubs and Fruit:
This month will be time for the second feeding for Roses. There’s still time to spray for black spot and powdery mildew with Rose Defense (be sure to spray in the cool shade of early morning).  Treat for pests and disease: spray neem or other horticultural oil for scale, aphids, and spider mites.  Use neem oil or lime sulfur for scab and mildew. Set out sticky traps for apple maggots. For other insect pests, you can also try introducing beneficial, predatory insects like lacewings, ladybugs and praying mantis.

Prune those early-bloomers like Camellias, Quince and Forsythia. If they have already set buds for next year's bloom, bear in mind that any pruning you do will reduce next spring's show. And it's too early yet for the best-time summer pruning for other trees and ornamentals. If in doubt about pruning time for any particular plant, please give us a call at the nursery. Better to be safe than sorry!

Blueberries in particular seem to produce their sweetest berries when watering is kept even and doesn’t fluctuate from too wet to too dry.  Deep watering over longer periods will insure more consistent coverage.

General Tips:
Projects for the month include:
Start or refresh a compost pile.
Set up a rain barrel. Build a Rain Garden or ask Classic Nursery for help to build one for you!
Build a trellis or arbor.
Clean/paint garden furniture.
Fix leaky hoses, change washers.
Set up the hammock, make some lemonade, fire up the grill and enjoy!

Butterflies: Nothing adds more whimsy to a cottage-style garden then the addition of butterflies. Plant Achillea, Asters, Columbines, Monarda, Lupines, and Phlox to bring in the butterflies. For a more complete list of butterfly attracting plants, see our nursery staff.

Hummingbirds: Attracting Hummingbirds to the garden can be one of the highlights of the summer season! We have lots of plants that you can add to your garden that these birds find especially appealing: Penstemons, Crocosmia, Heucheras, Salvias, Honeysuckles and Hardy Fushias are just a few of the possibilities. Come see us for more ideas!

Happy Gardening!
Classic Nursery & Landscape