THINGS TO EXPECT:
HOT, DRY WEATHER of June is very desiccating to plant foliage – Avoid water stress.
BIRDS EATING RIPENING FRUIT? Prevent with scarecrow devices or cover trees with nets before ripening starts.
DRY FRUIT BEETLES are attracted to over-ripe, rotting fruits – promptly discard.
CITRUS FRUIT DROP is a natural thinning process, worsened by hot dry winds.
TOMATO BLOOM DROP is provoked by dry air and hot temperatures – minimize exposure.
LAWN INSECTS of various sorts may become troublesome in Bermudagrass and Dichondra lawns.
CICADAS can be expected to become a nuisance again — no practical control available.
PALO VERDE PESTS Webworms,Leafhoppers, Mites, etc.
SEASONAL LEAF DROP of Carob, Rhus lancea, Pines, etc. – It’s a normal seasonal tendency, intensified by hot weather or drought.
SPIDER MITES may continue troublesome – Be attentive and prompt with controls.
TIME TO PLANT SEEDS FOR: Armenian Cucumbers, Melons (Cantaloupe, Muskmelon), and Sunflowers.
THINGS TO DO:
WATER THOUGHTFULLY for better plant growth and to save water.
WATERING NEEDS of plants increase with hot, dry weather. Be attentive to wilt symptoms. Water deeply but only as often as necessary to maintain good growth.
PROTECT TENDER BARK 0f YOUNG TREES FROM SUNBURN with white tree paint, etc.
MULCH SOIL SURFACES of tree, shrub and flower beds to keep root zones cooler and minimize evaporation loss of water.
AGAVE WEEVIL treatments should be applied from mid-May to mid-June.
HOT WEATHER PRUNING? Only when necessary.