The early summer garden looks fresh
and colorful - all your hard work through spring is paying
Your flower garden is growing vigorously.
(If Mother Nature has co-operated with even rain - she
doesn't aways, but we're used to that, aren't we?)
Early-summer flowers such as roses
and peonies and irises are in bloom.
What to do now: Around
or shear deciduous
or evergreen hedges.
Mow your lawn as often
as needed, but don't cut it too short
- never remove more than one third of the grass blades
at a one time. When the lawn is growing vigorously,
it's better to mow it every four or five days than
to wait a week. More
lawn care tips.
Keep weeding. Easy
to say, but hard to do sometimes!
Continue to water as
needed, especially newly planted trees
and shrubs and perennials. They need a good soaking
every week in their first couple of months. If it
doesn't rain enough, you will need to water. More
on good watering practices.
Inspect your plants. Keep
an eye out for insect and
Deadhead rhododendrons and lilacs
and prune spring-flowering shrubs that have finished
information on pruning.
To do: In the flower
Deadhead annuals, roses,
and perennials to groom the early summer
garden and encourage repeat blooming. More
Spray roses every week
with a fungicide or baking soda solution to
protect against black spot disease. To make your
own fungicide spray, dissolve 1 to 2 teaspoon of
baking soda with a few drops of dish-soap in half
a gallon (2 liters) of water.
Pinch back asters and
mums to encourage compact growth and
Cut down yellowing bulb
about bulb care after flowering.
Note bare spots in the
garden that could use spring bulbs,
and decide which bulbs would be most suitable. For
ideas, see spring bulb.