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Garden Calendar for Georgia

 

JUNE

FIRST WEEK

Store birdseed and dry pet food in your garage or in a sealed metal container to avoid infestation by Indian meal moth.

A sharp mower blade is one of the best tools for turfgrass health and water savings. Zoysiagrass lawns in particular look better when the blade is sharpened each year.

Leach unused fertilizer from potted plant soil once each summer. Water large containers until the soil is soaked, then allow water to run slowly from your hose into the pot for twenty minutes. For small pots, water until liquid drains freely, wait a few minutes, then repeat.

Clay pot planters often develop crusty white patches on the exterior surface. This doesn't hurt the plant. Just scour off the "efflorescence" with a scrub brush.

Look for small new seedlings under your Lenten rose. They can be transplanted now to other spots.

Make it a weekly habit to pull weeds from flower beds; don't allow them to grow large. Nothing makes a garden grow better than the shadow of YOU, the gardener.

SECOND WEEK

Fertilize bermudagrass lawns every six week with any brand of turf fertilizer. Do not fertilize fescue lawns.

Don't panic if you see a spider in your garden or landscape. They are your allies in controlling the bugs which damage the plants you want to keep healthy.

Examine the leaf edges of bearded iris for the tell-tale notches that signify the presence of iris borer. Squeeze the leaf between thumb and forefinger to mash the miscreants.

Once herbs are growing nicely, stop fertilizing. They develop better taste when slightly stressed.

Mushrooms in the lawn are unsightly but harmless. They usually signify that a tree root is decomposing beneath the soil. Mushrooms are simply fungus "flowers". Nothing can be done to prevent them.

Clip off all of the branch tips of leafy shrubs you want to become more "full". Each limb end will resprout with two or three more leaves.

THIRD WEEK

Low limbs in the way when you mow? You can safely remove one fourth of the foliage of any healthy tree during the growing season.

To prevent mosquitoes, use a turkey baster to suction water out of saucers under the plants you have outdoors.

If you choose to use Japanese beetle traps, place them at least twenty five feet from fruits and roses to lure them away from valuable plants.

Mount a mail box on a post in the garden to hold plant ties, labels, small tools and other necessities often forgotten when you first head out.

Get in the habit of removing faded flowers from summer annuals each week. You'll be amazed at how many more blooms they will produce compared to those not deadheaded.

If a compost pile fails to "compost" sprinkle a cup of 10-10-10 over the top to speed things up.

FOURTH WEEK

Lightly fertilize summer bulbs such as gladiolus, caladium, dahlia and lilies. Be sure to water after feeding the plants.

Plant annuals in small beds that make a visual impact but are still easy to water. Try color bowls or large container plantings near the entry to your home

Collect the seeds from foxglove stalks. Scratch the soil around the plant, scatter the seed and cover with a bit of earth. Water occasionally and the seedlings that sprout this year will bloom next year.

Do not mulch outdoor amaryllis bulbs after blooming. In fact, make sure the neck of each bulb is showing one inch above the surrounding soil.

Use a 1:1 mixture of topsoil and sand to fill the seams in newly laid sod and to level ruts and depressions in your lawn.

Choosing a watermelon for the Fourth of July? Slap it to determine ripeness. Good ones sound hollow; unripe ones sound like you're hitting solid wood.

 



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