June to-do list for gardeners
Flowering bushes: Deadhead roses, salvias and dahlias to encourage continual blooming. If your geraniums aren't blooming, they probably are getting too much water or fertilizer; look for a drier area in your yard or grow them in pots. Remove spent buds from camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Bearded irises should have stopped blooming by now; remove old stalks from young clumps and divide the 3- to 4-year-old clumps.
Fruit trees: Monitor your fruit trees for signs of sneaky eaters. If the fruit looks like it's been stabbed, birds are the likely culprits. You can prune the tree to a smaller size and erect bird netting to protect the fruit for your family. If there are holes with teeth marks, blame roof rats or squirrels. You can reduce their access to the fruit by trimming branches away from structures and other plants.
Watering: Check your irrigation system to be sure it's in proper working order. If you have drip lines, open the end, then turn on the water to clean out the line. Replace the end and then check to ensure that all emitters and/or sprayers are unclogged. Make sure pop-up sprayers fully extend and are watering the intended plants. You may need to add heads because of plant growth or be able to cut back watering on established plants.
What to plant now:
Transplants: arugula, basil, beans, beets, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, melons, mint, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes.
Seeds: arugula, beets, corn, melons, summer squash, winter squash.