Editor’s note: Judy Dembsey, master gardener and member of the Acton Garden Club, has put together some gardening tips for June to help your garden be a success.
Do not drive or park on the lawn. Soil compaction by heavy equipment or foot traffic in the plant’s root zone reduces the pore space for air in the soil. Percolation of moisture through the soil is disrupted so that the desirable air/moisture balance is not maintained. Roots die from a lack of oxygen.
Mulch landscape plants with organic mulches which provide many benefits, including moisture retention, control of fluctuations in soil temperature, weed suppression, and protection from mechanical damage from line trimmers and lawn mowers. Organic mulches such as bark mulch also look attractive and help with the addition of organic matter to the soil through decomposition. Remove established perennial weeds before mulch is applied. Avoid mulch depths greater than 4 inches and do not allow mulch to contact the base of trees and shrubs.
Most plants (lawns, vegetables, perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs) need one inch of water per week. It is better to water with one or two deep waterings per week then to water lightly each day which encourages shallow rooting. This means typically amounts of 6” deep for lawns, 8” for gardens, and 10” for trees and shrubs. Digging down into the soil is the best way to determine