To all the fathers, Happy Father’s Day!
When will the rain end? Considering the soggy conditions, the gardens are in pretty good shape and the plants are growing double time! We do have some fungal and insect problems starting that we will have to keep up with over the summer, but that is expected.
If we have not started already it is time to begin cutting the lawn at a higher level to conserve moisture. The blades should be set at 3”. (Once temperatures reach about 90 degrees the grass should be allowed to grow a bit higher).
There was quite a bit of damage done to the lawn alongside the Casita when the drainage was put in. We hope to re-sod the area as soon as the drainage repair work is complete. Perhaps at the same time we can address other areas in need of re-sodding on the grounds.
The azaleas should have been sprayed with Miracid last month for the second fertilization and pruning should be complete. The shrubs will now start setting buds for their spring blooms next year. They will have to be kept well -watered (not a problem so far!) during the summer months. Having shallow root systems, azaleas can dry out quickly.
Hurricane season is upon us and the trees have been trimmed, and some removed as hazards. We continually monitor the trees on the property for signs of weakness and damage.
We have probably lost a newly planted tree to the heavy rains. The Shantung Red Maple by the Labyrinth seems not to have survived. The arborist was consulted at the first sign of trouble, and we followed his advice. Unfortunately, the tree was beyond help. All the other new trees and shrubs appear to be doing well.
The crape myrtles are starting to show signs of powdery mildew. They are being treated with Triple Action 20. A few other plants have whitefly and scale. It is time to start scouting for problems. This time of year there is an increase in insect infestations. We will be looking for aphids, whiteflies, scale, thrips, and mealy bugs in particular.
As always, we can use help in the gardens with weeding, trimming, mulching and general tending of the beds. Our time to work is Friday mornings. If you would care to join us, you would be very welcome.
Hope to see you in the gardens.