Extension Gardener 2016 summer newsletter piedmont edition is here! Read all about smart gardening, moles or voles?, broccoli, buttercup squash, mexican bush sage, permaculture, beneficial insects, tips and tasks and more on gardening in North Carolina.
June Gardening Tasks in the Piedmont
- · Remove all canes of semi-bush fruits like blackberries when they finish fruiting to encourage new shoots from the crown on which next year's berries will set.
Lawn & Landscaping
· Raise mower height to 3½ inches, and try to mow frequently enough to remove less than one-third of each grass blade at a time; leave clippings on the ground unless frequent rainfall produces excess growth and too many clippings pile up.
· Check lawns for white grubs and control, if necessary.
· Water as needed to prevent drought, but not more than 1 inch per week (including rain).
· Now is a good time to submit a soil sample for analysis to Cooperative Extension Service, so you’ll be prepared for fall fertilizing.
Trees, Shrubs & Groundcovers
· Trees and shrubs planted within the past couple of years may need additional watering during the hotter summer months, especially if we have prolonged dry spells.
· Prune your non-blooming evergreens by July if they need a bit of reshaping; continue to remove dead spots when you notice them.
· Japanese beetles will begin showing up—you can either ignore some damage or apply a pesticide (follow label directions). Japanese beetle traps have not been proven effective at reducing plant damage.
· Watch for powdery mildew on crepe myrtles and roses, and apply an appropriate fungicide when needed (according to label directions).
· Don’t forget the sunscreen, and be sure to use enough to protect yourself! Wear a hat, and remember to drink water while working outside for extended periods. KB
Kathy Bretz is an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer with Mecklenburg County, NC. An active EMGV since 2003, Kathy loves to design, using color; she especially loves annuals, perennial, shrubs and junipers.
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