HOME (Houseplants and indoor activities)
Indoor plants will require more frequent watering and fertilization as they increase their summer growth.
Houseplants can be moved outdoors to a shady location, but pay close attention to their watering needs.
Cut garden flowers for indoor beauty. Recut the stems again just before placing in water. Add a floral preservative, and change the solution frequently.
Root cuttings of houseplants and garden plants to increase your collection or share with a friend.
YARD (Lawns, woody ornamentals and fruits)
Prune spring-flowering shrubs after blooms fade.
Apply fungicide to prevent and control black spot on roses.
Water newly planted trees and shrubs. Water deeply every seven to 10 days when rain is lacking.
Propagate deciduous shrubs, such as forsythia, lilac, pyracantha and weigela, by stem tip cuttings.
Remove faded flowers and seed pods on lilac and other spring-flowering shrubs.
Many fruit trees had few to no flowers this year thanks to the brutal winter but some apples and pears may still have fruit set. If they have much of a crop, don’t be alarmed at June drop of some fruit. It is a natural thinning process for most trees to prevent excessive loads, though might not be as much to thin this year. Thin remaining fruit, if necessary, or prop up heavy branches to avoid breakage. Most fruit should be spaced 6 to 8 inches apart on a branch.
Keep grass mowed regularly, but mow high to help protect the crown of the plant from heat stress.
Lawn clippings, unless excessive, should be left on the lawn.
To keep lawn green and growing, water as needed to supply a total of 1-1.5 inches of water per week. If left unwatered, lawns will turn brown and become dormant during extended hot, dry spells, but will green up again when conditions are more favorable.