June offers hotter temperatures, humidity and possible thunderstorm activity. In addition, school is out and many people take time to go on vacation. This leaves less time for landscape and garden chores. But there are things to do in the June landscape and garden here in the Northwest Florida area. 

Sign of June Plant ClinicIn today’s article, I’ll share some gardening ideas from the UF/IFAS Extension North Florida Gardening Calendar (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep451) for the month of June and invite you to attend our June plant clinic.

Annuals that can take full sun during hot summer months include celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus. See Annualshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_annual_landscape_plants

Add bright color to the landscape with perennials. See Perennial Landscape Plantshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_perennials

Summer’s warm, rainy weather is the perfect time to plant palms. Make sure not to cover the trunk with soil. And choose cold-hardy palm species for North Florida. See Palmshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_palms

Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon and rosemary. Pinch back regularly to prevent flowering and enhance branching. See Herbshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_herbs

Plant okra, southern pea and sweet potato. See Vegetable Gardening in Floridahttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_vegetable_gardening

If rainfall has been lacking, watch for drought stress and water as needed. See Landscape Irrigationhttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_irrigation

Prune lightly during the warmer months to encourage more branching and blooming. Azaleas can still be pruned in June without removing next spring’s flower buds. See Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_tree_pruning

Yellow and brown patches in St. Augustinegrass can be caused by chinch bugs, disease or lack of water. Take time to determine the cause so your remedy is effective. Rejuvenate areas where grass does not grow well by replacing it with a more adapted turf or groundcover such as mondograss, perennial peanut or Asiatic Jasmine. You could also use mulch in place of lawn grass on slopes or underneath large trees. Choose wisely. See Garden Pest Insectshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_garden_pest_insectsThe Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Designhttp://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf and Alternatives to Turfgrasshttp://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/lawns/turftypes/alternatives-to-turfgrass.html

The June plant clinic will be held Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the temporary UF/IFAS Extension Annex located in the back of the Okaloosa Technical College Campus at 1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach.

See Map Below to Extension Annex located at the Okaloosa Technical College Campus

If you have a plant problem that you’d like diagnosed, bring a sample of the weed, plant, insect, etc., to the clinic. The sample should be fresh and represent what is seen in the landscape. This may include a plant stem with several leaves, a 4-inch square of grass with roots attached, etc.

You also may bring a sample of soil for pH testing.

Directions to Extension Annex at Okaloosa Technical College in Fort Walton Beach
Directions to OTC Extension Annex in Fort Walton Beach. Credit: Larry Williams

Source: UF/IFAS Pest Alert

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