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  Tips For the Month - JUNE

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___ Keep an eye out for those pesty Japanese Beatles that arrive this month. When the first Japanese Beetle is sighted spray Liquid Sevin (Carbyrl) on Crape Myrtles, Roses, Purple Leaf Plums, and other shrubs and trees that these pests find attractive. Repeat spray after each rainfall. Japanese beetle traps are also an effective way to capture these pests before they have a chance to return underground to lay eggs for next year. For more information SEE: Disease and Pest Control for Shrubs and Trees

___ June is great time to plant perennials and the nursery is heavily stocked with them at this time of year. Perennials are plants that come back year after year and can be mixed together in various types of perennial gardens or used in groups to add vibrant splashes of color or texture to any area of your landscape. The flower and foliage colors and textures of perennials are endless. There are perennials for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, sun, shade, wet and dry soils, and ones that repel or resist deer. To learn more about the various types of perennials SEE: All About Perennials

___ Fertilize Centipede lawns now. Broadcast 18-0-18 Centipede & St. Augustine Fertilizer containing 3% iron for deep greening. If lots of weeds are present in the lawn it might be necessary to use 18-0-18 Centipede& St. Augustine Weed & Feed with Atrazine. If only a few weeds are present it is best to spot-spray them with liquid Atrazine Weed Killer. *CAUTION: Only use products that contain Atrazine Weed Killer for killing weeds in Centipede or St. Augustine Lawns. (2-4D, a chemical found in most other lawn weed killers can seriously damage Centipede and St. Augustine grasses.) TIP: Always use a broadcast spreader, and not a drop spreader to spread lawn fertilizers. TIP: Measuring your lawn area(s) for square footage helps to determine the amount of fertilizer necessary for adequate coverage. Measure length x width of area(s) to be covered to find total square footage. SEE: Centipede or St. Augustine ProScape Lawn Fertilization Program

___ If your Centipede lawn has yellowed, or is not green enough for your liking, apply Iron Plus at a rate of 2-4 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Ever wonder how sod farms deliver that lush, dark green Centipede sod that looks like Fescue at its prime? Answer is: they apply extra doses of iron. Iron Plus is a Hi-Yield product loaded with iron and other micro-nutrients that will green a centipede lawn up in a hurry! SEE: Centipede or St. Augustine ProScape Lawn Fertilization Program

___ You may now plant Centipede or Bermuda Lawns from seed. When planting a Bermuda lawn from seed make sure to use turf-type Bermuda seed as common bermuda is best suited as a pasture grass. Panama Bermuda is a new genetically advanced grass with very dense and dark green turf that performs and appears as good if not better than Tiftway 419 Bermuda sod. Why plant sod at 8 to 10 times the cost when you can get the same results by seeding with Panama? SEE: Planting a Bermuda or Centipede Lawn

___ Fertilize perennials with an organic non-burning fertilizer such as Milorganite.

___ Fertilize Roses if you haven't done so within the last six weeks. An application every 6 weeks or so of Fertilome Rose Food with Systemic Insecticide keeps those pesty insects away throughout the season. SEE: All About Roses

___ Fertilize annual flower beds with a bloom boosting fertilizer such as Colorburst. For increased performance fertilize annual flowerbeds every 4 weeks or so.

___ Keep an eye on shrubs, trees, and plants to make sure they are receiving enough water. It is best to water from early to mid-morning. Never water your lawn or the foliage of plants during the late evening hours as this can promote the growth of damaging fungus. If you have a sprinkler system set the timer to begin watering no earlier than 5 AM. Apply a layer of mulch to beds or around the root systems of trees to help retain moisture.

___ Check for funguses in the lawn. If expanding brown patches or circular rings of a light gray ash-like substance are forming in your lawn this could indicate the presence of a damaging fungus. If so, broadcast a Granular Lawn Fungicide or spray with Liquid Fungicide. SEE: Disease Control in Lawns

___ If you would like to have a landscape design drawn for all or part of your property now is a good time to 'pre-plan' for the upcoming Fall planting season. Call the nursery to set up an appointment with our landscape designer. 770-954-9862 SEE: All About LAndscape Design

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