What are your evergreens doing right now?
By now, your landscape is well into the growing and flowering season, no matter where you call home. June is a time of transition for your plants, so while your landscape is still actively growing, you might start to see signs of stress, as well (which is normal)! Here’s what to expect from your evergreens in June:
Keep up With Care
- Keep an eye out for standing water and dump it out if you can. This will help keep the mosquito population down.
- Stay on top of your watering and fertilizing schedule, especially with younger trees. Typically, it takes around 3 years for a tree to fully establish itself in your yard.
- Weed around the base of your tree, keeping it clear of anything that’s growing, including grass, which can steal nutrients from your tree. By keeping the base of your tree clear, you’re letting air circulate and decreasing the chance of pests and fungal issues.
- Resist the urge to prune. New evergreen growth that started out brightly colored should be developing its outer waxy layer and starting to blend in with older growth. Since your tree is still working hard to put out new growth, pruning now would hinder that growth. In general, you’ll want to wait to do any pruning.
- However, if you’re after a topiary style, you can shape your tree now. Just be sure to angle your edges slightly so that the bottom of your tree is wider than the top. This will give you the squared-off hedge look while avoiding any bare spots and allowing the sun to penetrate the bottom layer to promote growth.
To Help You Grow
Grow Better Than Ever
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