- Get all your pruning equipment ready to prune your roses next month.
- Prepare the planting holes this month; add lots of compost and some bone-meal; water lightly and leave until next month to allow the soil to settle before planting.
- Water and mow your lawn when necessary but do not cut the blades too short.
- In cold regions Kikuyu lawn will be dormant and only needs to be watered every three weeks.
- Remember to water your shade or evergreen lawns weekly as they continue to grow during winter.
- Remove winter grass (Poaannua) from your lawn and beds before it sets seed.
- June is also a good month to service your lawnmower.
Apply 3:1:5 SR (N) or 8:1:5 for roses and flowers every 4-6 weeks.
Veggie and Herb Gardens:
- In all but the coldest regions you can still sow hardy root vegetables like parsnip, carrot, radish and turnip. In cold inland regions Juneand July are not good months to sow seeds of vegetables because the soil is too cold for good germination and growth.
- If you do want to plant some veggies, visit our nursery to purchase established seedlings of those varieties you require.
Containers and Indoor Plants:
- Move indoor pot plants away from cold glass windows and doors and keep them away from cold draughts.
- Mist spraying their leaves often with tepid water and placing them in drip trays filled with damp pebbles will help to increase humidity around the leaves; this is especially important in dry inland areas and in heated rooms.
- Water with lukewarm water and feed your winter flowering pot plants regularly with water soluble 3:1:5
General to do List:
- Ensure that your gutters are clean and check that all your standard plants and young trees are securely staked and tied, and that old ties are not cutting into the bark of your plants.
- Remember to water your winter and spring flowering shrubs and trees regularly.
- Continue to water and feed your winter bedding plants and bulbs and apply thick mulch around their roots to protect them from excessive rainfall and frost. Pick your sweet peas regularly and feed every 2 weeks with organic 3:1:5 fertilisers.
- Visit or Nursery this month to select your early-flowering Camellias and Azaleasas they will be in bloom.
- For an extended flowering period, also select some varieties that flower later, in August and September
- Continue to water your existing plants regularly and mulch the soil with acid compost and bark chips. If you wish to trim your camellias, do so after they have finished flowering.
- Lilium bulbs are available this monthand must be planted immediately as they don’t have a long shelf life. Select only plump, healthy looking bulbs.
- Mulch their roots to keep them cool and protect the delicate new growth from severe frost with a plant cover.
- In very cold regions, put off planting liliums until spring, or plant them into containers and place them in a warm and protected place.
- Protect young plants from snails and slugs; eggshells placed around the base of your plants will help to deter them.
- If mole rats are a problem plant your liliums in containers.
- Water your bulbs deeply about every four days.
- Plant hardy perennialsnow, as their roots keep on growing in winter and they will be well established by summer.
- Keep your clivia’sa bit on the dry side, as this will initiate flower spikes; and in cold regions protect them with a frost cover and thick mulch around their roots.