June horticulture tips


oMost people don't fertilize hanging baskets or flowers in large containers often enough. Use a liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the summer. Yellowing lower leaves are a sure sign your plants need nutrients - assuming thereÕs no root rot from over-watering.

oRaise the height of your lawnmower blade as temperatures increase. Grass that's mowed to three inches will be better protected from the sunÕs heat and will also develop a deeper root system than shorter grass. Mow when grass is just over four inches tall, so you never remove more than 1/3 of its height.

oWater lawn, garden, and landscape plants thoroughly any time it's hot and a week or more passes without an inch of rainfall. Several inches of mulch added to gardens and surrounding young trees and shrubs will help conserve moisture and insulate soil from high temperatures.

oAssess the performance of your spring-flowering bulbs. Lift and discard any that failed to bloom; they won't ever improve. Allow foliage for others to mature and turn brown before disturbing them. Then plant to supplement with fresh new bulbs next fall.

oMany houseplants will put on luxuriant new growth when placed outdoors for the summer. Choose a protected location on the north side of your house, under the dappled shade of a large tree, or on your porch or patio. Check plants often as wind and heat can dry them rapidly.

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