Toby's June 2017 Home, Lawn & Garden Tips:

for the best Home, Lawn & Garden

Toby has spent his entire adult life learning the best way to have the very best home, lawn, garden, and so much more.
Each month he puts together a new list of tips to help you with a plan that will ensure you keep everything up-to-date and going great.

Check back here every month for the very best tips, advice on how to do it right, and what to do!

 

Lawns

  • Keep mower blades sharp. Seed heads will start showing up on bluegrass and fescue. The seed head stems are very tough and dull a mower blade quickly. Mow fescue and bluegrass at 3 inches. Mow zoysia at 1 ½ - 2 inches.
  • Lawn diseases such as brown patch can do a ton of damage to your lawn. The best way to
    prevent lawn diseases is by using granular fungicide. Toby recommends a combination of Hummert T-Methyl and Eagle Fungicides.

    Start in June with Hummert T-Methyl granular fungicide.
    Use a lawn spreader and be sure to follow package
    instructions. Apply an application now. In July apply
    Eagle granular fungicide with a lawn spreader and then apply T-Methyl once again in August.

    NOTE: By alternating between T-Methyl and Eagle the disease does not have a chance to build up resistance against the fungicides. Next year you will start with Eagle, followed by T-Methyl in July and back to Eagle in August. Be sure to follow Toby's Lawn Program for monthly instructions by clicking on the "Lawn Program" link above.
  • Fertilize zoysia lawns now and refer to Toby’s Warm Season Grass Program under Lawn Program.
  • Visit Toby’s Tips for bluegrass and fescue Spring and Summer Lawn Programs for information on fertilizing, weed and insect control, mowing and watering. It's all laid out in a step-by-step monthly guide for you to follow. Click on the link at the top of the page under "Lawn Program".

 

Trees & Shrubs

  • Lots of damage to trees from the recent storms and more to come. If you've had damage or haven't had your trees professionally pruned in the last five years, now is a great time to schedule your tree maintenance. A professionally pruned tree is less likely to have unstable branches which can split under high winds and storms. Call now:

    My favorite south of the river: Mike Dougherty
    Tree Management Company
    913-894-8733
    My favorite north of the river: Bret Cleveland
    Urban Tree Specialists
    816-214-8327
  • Crabapple, Apple: To control cedar-apple rust and apple scab spray with Immunox Fungicide and Spreader Sticker. Do approximately every two weeks until early June.
  • Great time to plant trees and shrubs. Be sure to stake trees for one year.
  • Mushroom Stuff: This is an incredible plant starter. I use this whenever I plant vegetables, shrubs, trees, flowers, etc. Dilute 2 Tablespoons per gallon and water plants with mixture right after planting.
  • Prune crepe myrtle, butterfly bush mid-May and after new growth starts.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs within 3 weeks after flowering.
  • Remove rhododendron and azalea flowers when they start fading.
  • Fertilize rhododendron and azalea after flowering with an azalea evergreen food.
  • Don’t spray bagworms on evergreens until early June.

 

Vegetables & Fruits

  • Outdoor planting dates:
    Cantaloupe 5/1 – 5/20 Pepper plants 5/5 – 5/30
    Watermelon 5/1 – 5/20 Squash 5/10 – 5/30
    Okra 5/1 – 5/25 Sweet potato 5/15 – 6/10
    Cucumber 5/5 – 5/25 Tomato 5/5 – 5/30
    Eggplant 5/10 – 5/25 Corn 5/1 – 7/20
  • Tomatoes: Toby has been working on his foolproof tomato program for the past 11 years. See our video tip of the week on tomatoes and follow along with this program that will help you avoid disease and insect problems. It's easy and you'll be enjoying amazing tomatoes without all the growing hassles this Summer. Also note Toby's recommendations for planting orange tomatoes for the tremendous lycopene benefits. You'll have a delicious BLT waiting for you and get some great health benefits (except for the bacon!)
  • After planting seeds or plants, water in with Mushroom Stuff in addition to any other fertilizer.
  • Remove rhubarb seed stalks as they appear.
  • Growing lettuce under shade cloth will slow bolting and give you a longer time to harvest.
  • Plant herb plants now for summer use.

 

Annuals, Perennial Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

  • Time to plant annual flowers for great summer color. If not done already, spade or till in Cotton Burr Compost, but don’t spade or till if the soil is wet.
  • Continue planting perennials.
  • Start planting Gladiolus bulbs. For a longer bloom period plant at two week intervals till July 1.
  • May 10 on, start planting summer bulbs: Caladiums, Dahlias, Cannas, and Elephant Ears
  • Pinch back new growth on Mums until July 15.
  • Peonies: Fertilize early May with Hummert Dyna Green Flower and Garden Fertilizer.
  • Spring flowering bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, etc.): Don’t remove foliage until it dies back naturally. Do not fertilize until September.
  • Mulch flower beds: Mulching keeps plant roots cooler in the summer, conserves moisture, and helps control weeds.
  • Start fertilizing roses mid April.  Use Earth Right Sure Bloom 6-7-6 once a month until mid August.  May, June, and July apply Mushroom Stuff.  Have a two week separation between Sure Bloom and Mushroom Stuff.  Mushroom Stuff will help your roses bloom faster and be more disease resistant.If not done in March, clean perennial beds removing all weeds and dead foliage.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Houseplants: Most houseplants love to be outside during the summer. Don’t move them outdoors until nighttime temperatures stay above 50 degrees. Do not place houseplants in full sun since their leaves will sunburn.
  • Slugs can become a problem, especially during wet springs. I love to sauté them in garlic butter. But, if that doesn’t sound good to you, use the new iron phosphate slug controls. Bonide Slug Magic or Monterey Sluggo are biodegradable and safe for use around pets and wildlife.

 

House & Home Tips

  • Check air pressure in tires for better gas mileage.
  • Check furnace filter. If dirty replace with a new filter that has a MERV rating of 6 or higher.
  • Check the video library for monthly washer maintenance recommendations.
  • Flashlight: Be sure to test the batteries every few months. You can lose power in May storms and it's always good to be prepared!
  • Easy Silverware Cleaner:
    Cover the bottom of a large glass dish with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Place silverware in dish and cover with 1 qt. hot water mixed with 1 TBS.
    baking soda. Turn the silver once. This won’t work if there is a protective coating on the silver.
  • Get car in for Summer tune up. Check fluid levels, air conditioning, coolant in radiator and other recommendations by your manufacturer. It's also a good idea to get a coat of wax on your exterior to protect against the hot Summer sun.
  • Time for air conditioner check up.
    Call: Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
    913-384-4440