This week is National Gardening Week, and Marylanders typically have loads to do in the garden throughout June. Cicadas may have complicated things a bit this year for those who are squeamish about insects, but homeowners still have a laundry list of landscaping and gardening tasks to tackle before the month is through. Now is the perfect time to plant cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash, and getting a head start on pest management and other maintenance tasks can help you keep your garden looking great. So, take a look at this guide, slather on some sunscreen, and enjoy some time in the garden this week with supplies from Lehnhoff’s Supply!
For Homeowners with Spring Bulbs
Although growing daffodils, crocuses, and tulips can be an attractive way to herald spring, many homeowners are left in the dark about what’s supposed to come next. What are you supposed to do with browning foliage and buried bulbs once the time for these flowers has passed?
- Mark where your bulbs are. Older patches of spring bulbs may need to be divided and transplanted in the summer or fall, and marking their location while they still have foliage makes things easier.
- What about foliage? Many gardeners leave the foliage to wither and decay on its own, but some homeowners prefer to cut off the dying greenery and leave it on the ground to decay and reintroduce nutrients into the soil also known as “chop and drop”.
- Fill any gaps with suitable perennials. Companion planting is a common strategy, and planting things like catmint, thyme, and nitrogen-fixing perennials is a great way to keep your garden looking full while also ensuring healthy bulbs year after year.
Homeowners Should Watch for Pests
With all of the cicadas buzzing about, it can be easy to forget about some of the pests that can plague Maryland gardens. Cicadas are unlikely to cause severe damage to your garden, but other pests such as mealybugs, aphids, and beetle grubs can hamper your gardening efforts. Rabbits, squirrels, and deer can also cause problems; they might get to your fruits, veggies, and flowers before you do! Prevention and identification are key, so spend some time this June looking for any unusual damage, animal tracks, or other indications that critters are pillaging your garden. The next time you’re enjoying a meal outdoors, take some time to give your plants a quick inspection.
Gardening Isn’t Just About Greenery — Give Hardscapes Some Love!
Creating the ultimate Eden in your backyard is any gardener’s dream, but you’ll also need a place to sit and enjoy your creation. Update your hardscape and outdoor living areas with materials from Lehnhoff’s Supply! Adding a natural stone patio, walkway, or steps is a fantastic way to craft a dynamic and usable backyard. You can also make your favorite ornamentals stand out with well-placed boulders and other stone features. No matter what projects are on your agenda for June, stop by Lehnhoff’s Supply for a wide selection of high-quality materials!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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