June: Trees and Shrubs

Let the pruning begin!

PRUNING: Spring-blooming shrubs like forsythia, lilac, rhododendron, spring-blooming camellias, and viburnum can be pruned from June until August 1. Snap off the developing seed pods left over from azalea and rhododendron bloom now. Be gentle. The buds for next year's bloom are just under these pods.

PLANTING: There is still time to do some planting, as long as good watering practices are used. Remember to mulch well to help regulate soil temperature and moisture.

PESTS: The heat of summer will usher in a cast of pests ready to eat and infect your plants.

Watering Information

Step up watering practices. Water new trees and large shrubs by laying a hose at the base of the plant and allowing it to run at a trickle. Let it run for at least 20 minutes. The goal is to wet the entire root ball, encouraging deep root growth.