June Gardening Tips
- Control and reduce aphid numbers on vegetables, roses, perennial flowers, shrubs and trees with a hard spray from your garden hose or two applications of insecticidal soap.
- White grub preventative control should be applied prior to egg hatch and a target date of June 15th is recommended although it can be done up to July 15th.
- If you must overhead water, do so early in the day to allow the foliage to dry. Using soaker hoses or drip lines will decrease the risk of disease problems.
- Plant seeds of bush beans every three weeks through the season for continuous harvests.
- Check container plants daily during hot or windy weather, they will need water often.
- Overgrown, multi-stemmed shrubs like spirea, lilac, and forsythia, can be renovated by removing 1/3 of stems down to ground level each year for 3 years, allowing some new young growth to replace these older stems.
- Pick pea pods regularly before the pods over-mature and the peas become starchy.
- To relocate spring-blooming bulbs, wait until the foliage has turned yellow, then carefully dig them up and let them dry in a shady spot for a few days. Store the bulbs in a cool, dry place for the summer until it's time to plant them in fall.
- Heavy rains encourage slug problems. Check for slugs during rainy periods and hand pick the pests.
- If you have plants that you suspect may be facing a pest problem, bring in your sample to the Home & Garden Education Center or your local Cooperative Extension office and we will help diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate control.
Despite good cultural practices, pests and diseases at times may appear. Chemical control should be used only after all other methods have failed.
For pesticide information please call UConn Home and Garden Education Center weekdays, in Connecticut call toll free 877-486-6271. Out of state call 860-486-6271.
UConn Home and Garden Education Center, 2017
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