USU Extension: Gardener’s Almanac checklist for June

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It has been said that 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 as well as links for tips and further information.


  • Harvesting of asparagusspears should stop in early June to allow the fronds to form for the rest of the growing season.
  • Prune tomatoesto open the canopy of the plant.
  • Consider drip irrigationin the garden to conserve water.
  • Consider planting sweet cornin the garden every other week (until early July) to extend the harvest.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs (those that bloom before June) after they have bloomed to encourage new flower buds for next season.
  • Deadhead (cut off) spent blossoms of perennial and annual flowers.
  • Thin the fruit of apples, peaches and apricots to approximately one fruit in every 5-6 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 1-1 ½ inches of irrigation per week. Click herefor irrigation needs in your area.

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