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June Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  Now that the hot temperatures are here, consider planting celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus which can withstand the increasing temperatures.  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Vegetables: Now is a good time to plant okra, southern pea, and sweet potato that like warmer weather. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida. Here is another great resource for Vegetable Gardening.

Herbs: Herbs that do well in the warmer temperatures are basil, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.  Pinch back your herbs to enhance more branches and less flowering. Click Here to learn more about planting herbs in North Florida.

What maintenance is required this month?

Pests:  Be in the lookout for thrips, scales, and mites on ornamental plants.  They tend to be more active as the temperatures rise.  Click Here to learn more.

Lawns: St. Augustine grass can be susceptible to hinch bugs, disease, or lack of water which often lead to yellow or brown patches. Click Here to learn more about protecting and treating your grass from bugs.

Palms & Cycads:  Watch palms and cycads to ensure they are healthy. Click Here to learn more about nutrient deficiencies in palms & cycads.

Light Pruning:  Shrubs that flower in the Spring and Summer can still be lightly pruned in June.  Azaleas can be pruned in June without affecting the buds for next Spring.  Click Here  to learn more about pruning shrubs. 

Irrigation:  Check irrigation systems for any mal-functions or sprayers that are not aligned correctely. Click Here to learn more.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

 
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