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Conway Area Master Gardener Association

June Gardening Tips

Begin normal watering schedule to supplement rainfall. Water early morning to reduce disease problems.

Watch for chinch bugs in St. Augustinegrass.

Avoid watering roses over the top. This can add to problems of black spot. Keep a watch out for this fungus.

Before going on vacation:

(1) Check all plants for disease or insects and treat as needed. (2) Clean all weeds so you don’t come home to a jungle.

(3) Arrange for someone to water.

Put a rain gauge in your garden to monitor the water amount.

Most plants need at least 1 inch a week.

Clay pots need watering almost every day.

Begin making cuttings from azaleas, hollies, cotoneasters and other shrubs.

Pinch off dead flowers to promote more flowering.

Make sure your mulch is about 3 inches thick. Keep the mulch away from the trunk of the trees, shrubs and other plants.

Cut back and thin out diseased or spindly branches of spring flowering shrubs.

Now is the time for pruning roses after they have bloomed. Cut back at least to the full 5 part leaf.

Begin planting fall-blooming perennials now. Fertilize Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysiagrass at the recommended rate.

Keep watch for aphids on crepe myrtles – spider mites, bag worms and lace bugs on other shrubs.