Well that was May…and now we are quickly into the first week of June as we settle into summer.
Last month was a whirlwind of activity trying to get our gardens in, our planters filled, and our flower beds cleaned up. A short spring to say the least, but one that was full of everything at once.
Thankfully we were still able to enjoy lots of spring blooms and some very warm days. The late snow, quick spring and summer-like temperatures caused a few problems, including late bloom, some winter kill, vole infestations, an abundant emergence of mosquitoes, caterpillars and other critters and more recently – yellow pollen clouds!
A Hot, Dry Summer?
All in all, despite the spring garden issues, it still didn’t turn out too bad. Planters are starting to grow, vegetable gardens have sprouted, perennials are blooming, and the trees and shrubs are finally leafing out. Everything still needs to be well watered, as we did miss out on early spring soaking rains, and the ground seems especially dry in some areas. Nights are still cool, and as we settle into June the weather has been variable so far. We’re told to expect a hot, dry summer so be prepared.
So now what? Spend some time having a close look at your yard and garden. Once the annual colour and vegetables have been planted, what should your next steps be? Unfortunately (or fortunately – depending on how you look at it), weeding, deadheading and watering needs to be ongoing. Also, don’t forget to fertilize, especially after a couple of heavy rain days. Back to next steps…assess garden areas, holes to be filled, repairs to be made and projects to start. June is a great time to catch up on some of the areas of the garden that don’t get immediate attention in the spring.
Garden Bed Renovations
June is usually when I like to do bed renovations as the weather is still cool enough for newly planted or transplanted perennials, shrubs and trees to set root before the heat of summer has an impact. Tackling the whole yard at once will seem overwhelming; pick one corner, bed or section of yard at a time then move on; dig, amend soil, plant, water and mulch! At the Nursery and Garden Centre, now that spring frenzy has settled down a bit, we also like to turn our attention to perennials, shrubs, trees and garden accents. Check out the caliper tree sale we have going on until June 12th!
Don’t forget about Dad this month! Father’s Day is on June 17th, and we have more great deals going on and possibly a contest coming soon! Throughout the Garden Centre, Greenhouse and Nursery we have all sorts of great gift ideas for dad, be sure to stop by – even if it’s just a day out with your important guy.
Happy June and Happy Father’s Day!