Pacific Northwest

June, 2011
Regional Report

Adjust your Lawn Mower

Lawns maintained at the correct height are less likely to have disease and weed infestations. Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue should be mowed at two or three inches in height. Mow frequently, removing no more than one third of the blade at each cutting.

Prevent Blossom-End-Rot

In most cases, blossom-end rot on tomatoes, peppers, squash, and watermelons can be prevented by maintaining consistent soil moisture. I use mulch and I'm careful to cultivate the soil no deeper than one inch, nor closer than about one foot of the main stems of the plant. I also avoid over-fertilizing

Mulch to Conserve Moisture

During the hot summer months, mulch can be especially useful for conserving water. For vegetable gardens, shredded leaves or grass clippings are good mulch material. For ornamentals, pine needles or wood bark do the best job.

Pinch Out Side Shoots

To keep indeterminate tomato plants at a manageable size you can pinch out the side shoots, training the plant to a single stem. To do this, gently break off any side shoots that emerge between an existing leaf and the main stem. Determinate tomato plants do not require pinching.

Remove Dead Foliage from Bulbs

You can remove the dead foliage from spring blooming bulbs this month. If it pulls off without resistance, it has finished its job of manufacturing and transporting nutrients to the bulbs.

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