Land & Environment

Ask an Expert — June Gardening Checklist

By Julene Reese |

June is here, the sun is shining, and gardening is in full swing. Consider these tips from the Utah State University Extension Gardener’s Almanac to help make your yard and garden the best they can be. Also included are links for tips and additional information.

  • Consider drip irrigation in the garden to conserve water.
  • During a drought, it’s especially important to remember that turfgrass only needs 1-1½ inches of irrigation per week. Click here for irrigation needs in your area.
  • Discontinue harvesting asparagus spears in early June to allow the fronds to form for the rest of the growing season.
  • Prune tomatoes to open the canopy of the plant.
  • Consider planting sweet corn in the garden every other week (until early July) to extend the harvest.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs (those that bloom before June) after they have bloomed to encourage new flower buds for next season.
  • Deadhead (cut off) spent blossoms of perennial and annual flowers.
  • Thin the fruit of apples, peaches and apricots to approximately one fruit every 5-6 inches.
  • Apply a second application of pre-emergent herbicides in late May to early June to control annual weeds in the lawn, such as crabgrass and spurge.

Yard and Garden Pests

  • Click here to subscribeto the Utah Pests IPM Advisories for timely tips on controlling pests in your yard and garden.
  • Consider taking anonline gardening course. Courses cover everything from container vegetable gardening and creating the perfect soil, to planting trees and controlling pests. Courses are geared to both beginning and professional gardeners. Use the code “GARDEN5” at checkout to get $5 off.
  • Explore more gardening tips on Extension’s newly designed yard and garden website. For drought information and tips, click here.

WRITER

Julene Reese
Public Relations Specialist
Extension
435-757-6418
julene.reese@usu.edu

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