The 3 Most Important Gardening Jobs in June

June is ideal for enjoying some time in the garden. Read on to find out which gardening jobs should be done this month.

Jun 02, 2021 06:53 am
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Repot citrus plants

June is the best time to repot citrus plants on the balcony and patio

June is peak gardening time: Plants are in their growth phase, flowering, thriving, and developing fruit. Garden owners can feel that summer is just around the corner and enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible. The most important gardening jobs this month can be summed up in three tasks.

Remove epicormic tomato shoots

If you want to harvest lots of your own tomatoes, you should start removing the epicormic shoots in June. These are the weak side shoots that form in the leaf axils of the plant. They drain away energy and water from the tomato plant. The result: Less fruit and less flavor.

Tip: It is also a good idea to remove epicormic shoots from other plants in the kitchen garden. Large fruited varieties of pepper produce higher yields when you pinch off the first bloom. It grows where the first side shoot comes off the main stem. Hobby gardeners are divided about whether it also makes sense to do this with aubergines. While some only leave around three shoots, each with two fruit sets, others advise against removing epicormic shoots. But it’s always worth a try. Because: The fewer leaves the plant has to supply, the more strength it has for fruit formation.

Lawn care in June

There are two important lawn care steps for the to-do list in June: Established lawns need to be fertilized a second time, while new lawns should be mown for the first time this month.

Spreader filled with lawn fertilizer
It’s easy to apply lawn fertilizer evenly if you go strip by strip with a spreader

The main growth phase for grass is during June. This means that grass not only grows a lot, but is also very hungry for nutrients. And the nutrients that were applied when the lawn was fertilized for the first time in spring have now been used up. Mow the lawn first and then distribute slow-release fertilizer once again. The best way to do this evenly is by using a spreader. Tip: A dry, not too sunny day is a good time to get to work in the garden. Experience shows that lawns absorb nutrients best in overcast conditions.

After laying a new lawn, you should wait until the grass is 3.15 to 3.94 inches tall before you mow it for the first time. This is normally the case in June. Use a cutting height of 1.97 inches. Gradually work your way down to the final height cut by cut.

Repot citrus plants

Citrus plants are classic container plants that bring some Mediterranean flair to the balcony, patio, and conservatory. When lemons, oranges, kumquats, and the like have got too big for their pots, June is the ideal time to repot them. The plants are in their vegetative phase at this time and will successfully take root in their new home. Tip: Use citrus tree potting soil and a pot that is no more than 1.97 inches bigger than the old one.