Late May into early June is typically the turning point for your summer loving landscapes. By the first of June, warm season turfs are looking great, shrubs and trees are full of foliage, and summer annual color plantings are bursting with brilliant color. With all the excess moisture in May, in Oklahoma this June should be great for our landscapes!
June is the month all your lawn and landscape activities finally settle into a predictable routine. Here are a few things to be thinking about:
Fertilizer – Bermuda lawns should be fertilized this month with a higher nitrogen, slow release fertilizer. The goal in June is to create a healthy bermuda lawn that will thrive in the summer heat. Fescue lawns should only receive low nitrogen, organic, root stimulating fertilizer during June to prepare them for the summer.
Brown Patch – Be on the look out for brown patch in your fescue lawn. Anytime nighttime temperatures are 70 plus and the turf remains damp for over 6 hours at a time, brown patch will develop. Areas where there is little air movement and/or heavy shade are more prone because the turf stays wet longer. Brown patch will make the lawn appear it needs more water, but watering will just make it worse. So, before you water more, think about the site, the amount of shade, the air movement in the area, and the amount of moisture the area has received. The best thing you can do if this problem occurs is to stop watering.
Aeration – Mechanical aeration is a “best” practice for any lawn. Aeration reduces soil compaction, promotes root development, and thickens the turf. May and June are the best months to aerate bermuda. This one practice will make a big difference in the quality of your turf. The stronger the turf, the less weed problems you will experience.
Tree Trim – Early summer is a good time to do minor tree trimming. If you have tree branches that are hanging a little lower now that they are full of foliage, go ahead and remove them this month.
Get outside and enjoy your landscape this month!
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Hall | Stewart Lawn + Landscape