|JUNE-JULY GARDENING WITH RED BARN GARDEN CENTER
|June is the month to celebrate Perennials on Parade!!! Perennials are versatile plants that return year after year to your garden with a minimum of maintenance. June is a goodtime to plant Esperanza, Pride of Barbados, Lantanas. Salvias, Black Foot Daisies, Thryallis, and many, many, more perennials that will take the heat. Remember to get them established with a good root system before backing off on the water and don’t forget to feed them periodically.
Spruce up you annual beds with Vinca, Purselane, Moss Rose, Bougainvillas, Dalberg Daisies, Zinnias just to name a few. Use good compost when planting, feed with appropriate fertilizer, and water appropriately.
MULCH, MULCH, MULCH!!!! Help your plant survive the Texas summer by mulching all garden beds and tree and shrub plantings. Apply a thick layer of at least 2-3 inches over the bare soil areas, but keep the mulch pulled back from plant stems and trunks to avoid swelling and insect damage. Water deeply with soaker hose or gage your sprinkler system to put down an inch at a time. This will keep roots deep and not so close to the surface. This routine will let you water less often.
Deer problems??? Visit Red Barn Garden Center and ask for our latest list of deer resistant plants or a list can also be found in the Grow Green Guide. It is free of charge. Just come by and ask for one. Remember that no plant is Deer Proof. Gardeners with severe problems may want to try Repellex which last up to 12 weeks after absorbed and/or Liquid Fence Repellent Products.
Prune plants lightly to keep them blooming. They need haircuts too. Lantana, Salvia Greggii, and other salvias just to name a few.
Bugs will and are at an all time high this year. Bring in a sample and we will be happy to help you chose the right product to get rid of those pesky bugs. Whether its chinch bugs, grubs, scale, fire ants or any pest, we can help you solve your problem.
You may choose to put a shade cloth on your vegetable garden to keep the heat down. Tomatoes will not set fruit if the temperature is too hot in the evenings. You may start your fall crop from seed now. Okra is a good hot weather vegetable. Think about planting your pumpkin seed now. Ask Red Barn for a vegetable planting list.
If you have further questions or would like to visit us; come by 12881 Pond Springs Road, Austin, 78729, and we will be happy to help you. 512-335-8093. Go Green with Red Barn. Austin Proud, Texas Friendly. Enjoy your summer gardening.