June Gloom Provides Ideal Conditions For Garden Growth

Raindrop, Dewdrop, Strawberry Flower

June in southern California usually means overcast mornings which change into mild sunny afternoons which makes it an perfect month to spend some time in the backyard before summer heat takes hold.

Thin Outside Fruit Trees: From June, trees should be exploding with little fruit such as apricots, plums and peaches. The weaker fruit will begin to drop this month. Do not be alarmed. In actuality, following the initial shedding, eliminate the smallest of the rest. This will permit the hardiest of fruit to attain their full potential.

Eliminate older blossoms to make way for new ones. Trim wayward branches and stalks to promote better density within the middle of the plant.

Control Aphids: Everything springs into life in June-including bad bugs like the tiny aphid. These bugs latch onto crops and suck the sap from fresh growth. When the infestation is important, they could curl leaves and stunt plant growth. Tips: Remove stems with the greatest aphid concentration and then take a solid stream of water in the aphids to knock off the rest.

Plant Avocado Trees: Plant your avocado trees in well-draining, loose soil, amount or a little over level to the floor. Don’t over water despite a young tree. Allow the soil around the tree turned into moist before watering. Never let it pool round the trunk. Flowers will bloom next spring, but do not expect fruit until two to three years following planting.

Be Water Smart: With dry, hot weather on the horizon, replace water-loving shrubs and trees with those who need little water once established.

Lawn Maintenance: Spring and autumn are ideal times for patching or replacing yards. Grass types which are best suited to southern California include Fescue (absorbs water well), Bermuda (drought resistant) and St. Augustine (durable). Good soil preparation with the suitable compost mix (based on soil type) is imperative to lawn success. Once established, add a layer of high dressing specially intended for lawns.

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