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For the second year in a row, May was a wet month.  May gave us plenty of water to keep our rivers, streams, and reservoirs full as we head into the warmer days of summer.  This is very important for all the new plants that so many of us have planted this spring.  Keep up with the watering but be water wise and do your part to help conserve our valuable water resource.  June is not a month to become reckless with poor watering habits.
  1. Water in the morning to cut down on the amount of water lost to evaporation.  This will give grass and other plants a chance to absorb all of the available water, and will also allow your lawn and garden a chance to dry before nightfall, avoiding potential diseases.
  2. Be sure to clip off (deadheading) spent flowers as they fade.  Most plants will respond by producing new blooms, especially annuals.
  3. Aphids love our summer.  So check for aphids on newer leaves, stems, and flowers.  Aphids can weaken plants and stunt growth.  A soap and water bath is a great remedy to get rid of aphids on plants, especially vegetable plants that you don’t want to use any chemicals.
  4. Do you have a sundial?  Did you know that a sundial should be set on June 15?  At exactly 12:00 noon, on June 15, set your sundial for 12:00 to get the most accurate time reading throughout the summer.  Place a sundial so that the shadow falls on the twelve o’clock position at exactly noon on this date. 
There are 4 days a year when to reset or set your sundial – April 15, June 15, September 1, and December 24.  If you set a sundial on other dates it can be as much as 14 minutes behind clock time.  This is simply because sundials measure time ‘as it is’ and each day the length of sunlight is shorter or longer from the previous day’s length.
  1.  MOWING THE LAWN  -  Be sure to mow frequently enough so as to not remove more than one third of the leaf height in any one mowing.  This allows for sustained root growth and maximum plant health. 
Let the grass clipping stay on the lawn.  Grass clippings contribute very little, if any, to thatch formation.  It makes good sense to return clippings to the soil.  Fresh-cut grass clippings are usually 75 to 80 % water, and they readily decompose, recycling the nutrients and organic matter back in the lawn.
                                                HAPPY JUNE GARDENING!!
Posted: 6/7/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
Jo MacMichael
Is this still considered the "growing season" for dwarf mondo grass?
6/15/2017 11:10:05 AM

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