This is our first issue in June. For many people it’s time to go to the pool, King’s Island and maybe vacation somewhere. I want to inform you in this issue that there is something else this summer that you just might want to do. You probably know where I’m going with this. That’s right – landscape improvements. I’m not necessarily saying you have to dig the holes. That’s why I have included tips on selecting a landscape designer. I’ve also included some green “Golden Rules” for either you or that landscape installer.

There are plants suggestions for great yard color and pruning tips for those trees and shrubs you already have. I also had to add mushroom info for you as I think the only good mushroom is a dead one. (I’m just horsing around). Continuing the planting and summer color theme, check out the new drift rose information.

May Recap: we received one of the best growing weather months of May that I can remember. Rainfall was a little above normal, more cool days than hot ones, mowing the lawn every 5 to seven days, plants of all types blooming on time, and no hard frosts or freezes. All of this great weather news should encourage all of us to continue planting with all the new and carefree shrubs, trees, and flowers we can still add lots more beauty to our outdoor living area. Let’s get Digging!

Some Did-You-Knows

Repeat blooming daylilies for example Stella D’ora and family will repeat bloom quicker if you dead-head the spent flowers quickly after bloom. All of those on bloom period per year daylilies will bloom again in 8 to 10 weeks if you cut the entire plant back to the ground right after each finish their bloom. Use a hedge shear and cut to the ground.

Do you have excavated ground from a plumber’s trench?? Settle that soil very quickly by renting a root feeder that attaches to your hose and placing it in various spots along the trench after turning and leaving on the water. you can settle 20 to 25 feet of trench over a 24 hour period. Allow settled soil to dry out for a week and go ahead and seed or sod.

Pay special attention to “Leaf spot” lawn disease in this issue.