Monthly Maintenance Checklists for Your Garden: Summer Monthly Maintenance Checklists for Your Garden: Summer

Gardening Tasks for June

  • Since the weather is nicer, gardeners can spend more leisurely time in the garden, weeding, planting seedlings, and caring for plants.

  • Examine rose bushes regularly for bugs. June is the time of year that rose bushes start showing signs of disease, so be sure to treat immediately.

  • Amaryllis and dahlia bulbs can be planted now.

  • Divide and plant bearded Iris and primrose.

  • Aphids are usually all around by this time, so be on the lookout.

  • Trim phlox, thyme and other alpines to promote flowering.

  • Fertilize your plants. You may want to purchase fertilizer stakes (normally used for indoor or container plants) and stick them into the ground throughout your garden.

  • Continue to trim your shrubs and landscape as needed.

  • Weeding and watering your garden is, of course, an ongoing task.

  • If you want to clone, or propagate an early blooming bush like an azalea or rhododendron, now is the time. Cut a small, soft branch from the shrub and make an angled cut in the center of the branch. Place the cut side face down in dirt and cover with soil. You can do this in a pot, or in your yard. Straddle a garden stake over your new planting and tie the two ends of the branch on each side of the cut to the stake. The cutting will soon take root and be an entirely new plant - at no cost to you.

  • While looking at your spring garden, note in your garden journal anything you'd like to add or change for next year. Is the garden off balance now that plants are aging? Does it lack a certain color? Are you having particular trouble with shade now that the trees are also getting taller?

Gardening Tasks for July

  • By mid-June to early July, shrubs and flowers are in full glory, showing their colors to the world with dignity and pride. All the hard work is paying off.

  • Caring for a garden is like producing a play - when one performer's act is over, another's begins. In the garden you have plants and shrubs that bloom and fade at various times in the season. As this happens, trim and thin out the bushes, preparing them for next season.

  • Plant fall flowering bulbs now. If you store spring bulbs indoors over the winter, dig those up and store inside now.

  • Prune rose bushes and cut off flowers as they brown to promote new flowers. Fertilize rose bushes and check for diseases and treat as needed. When there are rose bushes in the garden one needs to obsess over them.

  • Prune climbing rose bushes, wisteria, clemantis and other plants.

  • Deadhead all plants, and cut back any dead, diseased, or yellowing foliage. Don't forget to keep the seeds. If you have lilies, they are in their prime now, so dead head regularly to promote continued flowering.

  • If you planted herbs, now is a great time to start using them. By now the thyme should have developed a woody branch, which is perfect for adding to fish or chicken.

Gardening Tasks for August

  • August is a great month to sit back and enjoy your garden. Of course watering, weeding, checking for bugs and diseases, and deadheading are ongoing tasks. As you enjoy the garden, make notes in your garden journal about changes or additions to the garden you'd like to make next year.

  • Keep track of bugs you find in the garden. Record every unique bug spotted, how many you saw, the plants they were on, and what damage, if any, was seen on the plant. Is this a serious problem? What time of year did you find the bug? Was the soil too moist or too dry? What was the weather like? If you had to get rid of the bugs, how did you do so? Was it successful?

  • August is time of reflection for gardeners, and a time to cut and dry flowers and herbs, gather seeds, and take cuttings from shrubs.

  • Propagate lilies.

  • Fertilize rose bushes once more. Continue to deadhead and prune.

  • Fertilize dahlias.

  • Start flowering Kale seeds.

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