SEAGLE: Providing summer landscaping needs | News
“June is the gateway to summer.” – Jean Hersey.
“June suns, you can’t store them.” – AE Hausmann.
“June had pulled out every leaf on the trees.” – Virginia Woolf.
“The summer night is like a perfection of thinking.” – Wallace Stevens.
“Summer is the annual permit to be lazy. Do nothing and make it count. Lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. ”- Regina Brett.
Summer is just around the corner, temperatures are rising, the trees are full of leaves and the flowers are in full bloom. Provide all of the needs your plants need to maintain a healthy and vigorous landscape. As the month of June passes by, here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
Sticks; Keep removing faded and expired flowers to extend the flowering period into fall. Cannas are moderately drought resistant, but plants are more hardy and have higher quality flowers when watered every three to five dry days. In August, do a final fertilization like 5-10-10 or a similar analysis at the rate of half a cup per square meter of planted area.
Crepe myrtle: Keep removing excess vegetation as needed for better shape, shape, and health (don’t commit crepe murder). Also remove exhausted and used flowers to encourage an autumnal display of flower color. Continue to examine these plants for insect or disease activity. If the leaves are sticky and blackened, aphids or scale insects are a definite possibility. These insect pests release a honeydew (sticky substance) and the sooty mold (blackened appearance) feeds on it. Take control of your insect problem and you will most likely cure the mold situation.
Dogwood: Continue to remove excess vegetation (suckers and unnecessary growth) along the main and lower branches as needed for better shape, shape, and health. Continue to examine these plants for insect or disease activity and treat them appropriately. Watch for anthracnose fungal activity.
Flowering kale: Sow seeds of flowering kale in late July to early August. Appreciated for its colorful ornamental leaves (pink / red, purple or white centers surrounded by green), the blooming kale is also edible. Plant in full sun in healthy, well-drained soil. Flowering kale can also be grown in containers for use on the deck or patio. To keep the kale in bloom healthy and showable, water frequently in dry weather. Ornamental cabbage has leaves with wavy edges, while the leaves of ornamental cabbage have ruffled or ruffled edges.
Thermal management: Be careful when working outside in the heat of the day. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, wear appropriate clothing including a sun hat and polarized sunglasses, and use sunscreen to protect exposed skin. Pick up your pace and try to get your landscaping work done early in the morning or early in the evening.
Irrigation: These days with sporadic rainfall, make sure your landscapes are getting the water they need. Look for dry spots (graying) in the lawn, wilting of flowers and leaves, and other stress-related reactions. In general, about an inch of water per week is enough for most plants.
Landscape planning: Now is a good time to start planning your ornamental woody plants and sketching out your site plans. The first step is an analysis of the site to determine the needs and identify problematic situations such as poor drainage and compaction. Review and study your plant choices and their cultural needs. Develop and sketch your ideas true to scale on paper. Your first thoughts, ideas, and approach should be very general. However, as the process evolves and you begin to cater to your desires and the requirements of the location, the final sketch or drawing should be very specific and ready for a fall installation.
Pine straw and cones: Late June and July mark the beginning of any noticeable fall of pine needles from the surrounding pine trees. This decline will continue well into the fall season. Rake those needles and use the straw to freshen up your landscaped beds. Before you start mowing, pick up any fallen pine cones. The heavy green pine cones can destroy your mower deck and pose a threat to people and property if they are thrown from the mower blades.
Clipping: Most major prunings are done in spring, but now is a good time to do minor prunings to get plants in shape. Most spring flowering plants are budding now, so only prune to cut back long shoots and remove dead or diseased wood (otherwise you may remove flower buds). Also, remove dead flowers from all plants and divide daylilies and Japanese irises.
Defense: A homemade mosquito repellent (ants and fleas) contains half a liter of alcohol, 100 grams of whole cloves and 100 milliliters of baby oil or something similar (almond, chamomile, lavender, fennel, etc.). Let the cloves marinate in alcohol for four days, stirring every morning and evening. Then add the oil and mix thoroughly. Gently rub a few drops into the skin of your arms, legs and neck.
Soil sampling etc .: Now is a good time to take soil samples and have them analyzed for improved soil and plant health for the fall, develop plans for your fall landscape, and root plant material from cuttings. Pinch mums (chrysanthemums) one last time later in July to encourage improved bud formation and flowering. Feed the mothers liquid fertilizer every two weeks until flower buds appear. Dried blood also drives away rabbits, white geraniums drive away Japanese beetles, and dragonflies feed on mosquitoes.
Keep your hanging baskets and potted plants refreshed with food and water. Remember to feed and water the songbirds and give your pets the care they need. Also keep an eye out in our communities for children playing and cyclists riding the streets and paths. And remember to safely share the road with motorcycles. Help the homeless too at every opportunity.
Share your blessings with those who are less fortunate. Let’s keep everyone safe and secure while we enjoy the great outdoors. And remember to pray for one another, for our nation, and for those around the world who are hurt and suffering. God bless each of you! Happy summer!
“Trust the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own mind; Recognize him in all your ways, and he will straighten your paths. ”- Proverbs 3: 5-6.
“Please, and it will be given to you; Search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. “- Matthew 7: 7.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” explains the Lord, “the plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11.
Dr. Eddie Seagle is Sustainability Verifier, Golf Environment Organization (Scotland), Agronomist and Horticulturalist, CSI: Seagle (Consulting Services International) LLC, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Alumnus (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College), Distinguished Professor for Teaching and Learning (University) System of Georgia) and short-term missionary (Heritage Church, Moultrie). Send inquiries directly to csi_seagle @ yahoo.com.