This Month In Your Garden
Add 3 to 4 inches of mulch, such as MasterNursery™ Gold Rush, to flower and vegetable beds to keep the ground weed-free and to prevent loss of moisture.
Feed hanging basket fuchsia, ivy geranium, lantana, etc. with MasterBloom™ once a month, or at half strength every two weeks.
Thin fruit on fruit trees, especially apples. Leave about 5 inches between fruit and get ready for apple pie.
It’s a great time to plant tasty herbs for use in summer BBQ’s. Try mint and rosemary for lamb or basil for beef and pork.
Feed roses and keep a sharp look out for blackspot, powdery mildew and rust, which can develop on the leaves. If you aren’t sure of what is damaging your roses, bring a sample into our California Certified Nursery Professionals for a diagnosis.
There’s still time to plant summer blooming annuals. Try celosia, petunias, marigolds, dahlias, nicotiana, salvia or zinnias. Bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggo™ from Monterey Lawn and Garden Products.
“Deadhead” spent blooms on annual flowers to promote continual flowering. Feed with MasterBloom™ fertilizer monthly to keep plants healthy and flower production high.
Don’t forget to put on sunscreen when you go out to garden—and a hat to keep your head cool.
Vegetable gardens need deep and infrequent watering to reach the roots several feet below the soil surface.
Tuberous begonias can give bountiful flower displays in summer and should be fed throughout the hot months.
Remember Dad with a growing gift from Orchard. Citrus trees, fragrant gardenias and blooming roses are just a few suggestions.
Yellowing foliage on camellias and azaleas is often due to a lack of iron. If an acid plant food like MasterNursery™ Azalea/Camellia/Gardenia Food doesn’t green them up, try adding MasterNursery™ Iron-Plus.
Frequent trimming of hedges promotes new growth and a full, dense look, while infrequent trimming causes a bare, woody look.
Keep petunias and fuchsias pinched back for a compact plant and more blooms this summer. Be sure to bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggo™.
Keep an eye out for budworms, especially on petunias, nicotiana and geraniums. Spray with BT to control.