June in southern California usually means overcast mornings that transform into mild sunny afternoons which makes it an perfect month to spend time in the garden before summer heat takes hold.
Thin Outside Fruit Trees: From June, trees should be bursting with small fruit such as apricots, plums and peaches. The weaker fruit will begin to drop this month. Do not be alarmed. In fact, following the initial shedding, remove the smallest of the remaining. This will permit the hardiest of fruit to attain their full potential.
Deadhead Flowering Plants And Bushes: Your rose and other flowering plants should be in full bloom by now. Remove older blossoms to make way for new ones. Trim wayward branches and stalks to promote better density within the center of the plant.
Control Aphids: Everything springs to life in June-including bad bugs such as the tiny aphid. These bugs latch onto plants and suck the sap from new growth. When the infestation is important, they can curl leaves and stunt plant growth. Tips: Remove stems with the largest aphid concentration and then shoot a strong stream of water in the aphids to knock off the rest.
Plant Avocado Trees: Plant your avocado trees in well-draining, loose soil, level or a little above level to the ground. Put 5 inches of wood chips around the tree. Don’t over water despite a young tree. Allow the soil around the tree become moist before watering. Never let it pool around the trunk. Flowers will bloom next spring, but don’t expect fruit until two to three years following planting.
Be Water Smart: With dry, hot weather on the horizon, replace water-loving shrubs and trees with those who require little water once established.
Lawn Maintenance: Spring and autumn are ideal times for patching or replacing lawns. Grass types which are best suited to southern California include Fescue (absorbs water well), Bermuda (drought resistant) and St. Augustine (durable). Good soil preparation with the suitable compost mix (based on soil type) is imperative to lawn success. Once established, add a layer of high dressing especially intended for lawns.
Still Time to Plant Vegetables: For a summer harvest, plant tomatoes, squash, cantaloupe, celery, corn, cucumbers, lima beans, okra, peppers, spinach and squash in early June.