LOGAN — It has been said that June is the gateway to summer. With that comes many opportunities to be out in the yard and garden. Utah State University Extension’s Gardener’s Almanac provides a checklist of tasks for June as well as links for tips and further information.
• Harvesting of asparagus spears should stop 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 drip irrigation in the garden to conserve water.
• 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 in every five to six inches.
• Apply a second application of pre-emergent herbicides in early June to control annual weeds in the lawn such as crabgrass and spurge.
• Turfgrass only needs 1-1 ½ inches of irrigation per week. For irrigation needs in the area, visit https://slowtheflow.org/lawn-watering-guide/.
• Monitor vegetables and herbs for earwig damage.
• Protect ash trees with a registered chemical to prevent lilac/ash borer damage.
• Control Codling moth in apples and pears to reduce wormy fruit. For specific timing, see the Utah Pests Advisories at https://pestadvisories.usu.edu/.
• Treat for powdery mildew on apples when leaves are emerging (at 1/2 inch green) until June.
• Watch for insect pests in raspberries from mid-May thru early June. For specific timing, see the Utah Pests Advisories.
• Control the Western cherry fruit fly when fruit changes color from straw color to pink to avoid maggots in cherries.
• Control the Peach twig borer in peaches, nectarines and apricot trees. For specific timing see the Utah Pests Advisories.
• Monitor for damaging turfgrass insects. In areas previously damaged, consider a preventative (systemic) insecticide.
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