June in southern California usually means overcast mornings that change into mild sunny afternoons which makes it an perfect month to spend some time in the garden before summer heat takes hold.
Thin Outside Fruit Trees: From June, trees should be bursting with small fruit such as apricots, plums and peaches. The weaker fruit will begin to drop this month. Do not be alarmed. In fact, after the initial shedding, remove the smallest of the rest. This will allow the hardiest of fruit to reach their full potential.
Deadhead Flowering Plants And Bushes: Your rose and other flowering plants should be in full bloom by now. Remove older flowers to make way for new ones. Trim wayward branches and stems to encourage better density within the center of the plant.
Control Aphids: Everything springs to life in June-including bad bugs such as the tiny aphid. These bugs latch onto plants and suck the sap from fresh growth. When the infestation is significant, they can curl leaves and stunt plant growth. Tips: Remove stems with the largest aphid concentration and then shoot a solid stream of water in the aphids to knock off the remaining.
Plant Avocado Trees: Plant your avocado trees in well-draining, loose soil, level or a little over level to the ground. Don’t over water even with a young tree. Allow the soil around the tree become somewhat dry before watering. Never let it pool around the trunk. Flowers will bloom next spring, but don’t expect fruit until two to three years after planting.
Be Water Smart: With dry, hot weather on the horizon, replace water-loving trees and shrubs with those that need little water once established. A water-efficient landscape can include such drought-tolerant trees and shrubs as bougainvillea, California sycamore, California wax myrtle, acacia, manzanita, Catalina cherry or western redbud (with its magenta blossoms ).
Lawn Maintenance: Spring and autumn are ideal times for patching or replacing yards. Grass types that are best suited for southern California include Fescue (absorbs water well), Bermuda (drought resistant) and St. Augustine (durable). Good soil preparation with the suitable compost mix (based on soil type) is crucial to lawn success. Once established, add a layer of top dressing specially intended for lawns.