It has been said June is the gateway to summer. With that comes many opportunities to be out in the yard and garden. Utah State University Extension’s Gardener’s Almanac provides a checklist of tasks for June,
• The harvesting of asparagus spears should stop in early June to allow the fronds to form for the rest of the growing season.
• Prune tomatoes to open the canopy of the plant.
• Consider drip irrigation in the garden to conserve water.
• Consider planting sweet corn in the garden every other week until early July to extend the harvest.
• Prune spring flowering shrubs that bloom before June after they have bloomed to encourage new flower buds for next season.
• Cut off spent blossoms of perennial and annual flowers.
• Thin the fruit of apples, peaches and apricots to approximately one fruit every five to six inches.
• Apply a second application of pre-emergent herbicides in early June to control annual weeds in the lawn, such as crabgrass and spurge.
• Turfgrass only needs one to one-and-a-half inches of irrigation per week.
For more information, visit extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/monthly-tips.