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Trees and Shrubs
- New growth on evergreens can be pruned.  Pine species are best pruned in June.
- Plants in bloom include hydrangeas, rugosa rose, cinquefoil, blue mist shrub, and butterfly bush
- Plants with fruit include mountain ash, elderberry,  and Oregon grapeholly
- Prune out dead or diseased branches and twigs
- Monitor for aphids, lacebugs, clearwing borers, scale (euonymus, prunicola - crawlers), and spider mites
- If necessary, treat for powdery mildew on various plants (lilac, dogwood, azalea, etc.)

Perennials and Annuals
- Fertilize container plants to maintain color and vigor
- Monitor moisture in soil especially the container grown plants - those in landscape beds can efficiently be watered using drip or soaker hoses
- Deadhead regularly to promote bloom and maintain health of plants
- Perennials in bloom include daylilies, Allium, hostas, coneflower, black-eyed susan, bee balm, and Coreopsis
- Tender bulbs in bloom are cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, and begonias
- Iris divisions can still be done

Lawns
- Maintain mower height around 3-3 1/2 inches for most cool-season grasses
- If you are irrigating turfgrass through the summer, apply 1 - 1 1/2 inches/week - this includes rainfall
- Avoid weed control in the heat of the summer
- Monitor for warm season diseases such as brown patch, Pythium, summer patch, dollar spot and Melting-out
- Insects to watch for include sod webworm, grubs and chinch bugs

Vegetables and Fruit
- Maintain adequate moisture in soil especially around tomato plants
- Vegetables to harvest include tomatoes, beans, peppers, squash, corn, beets and carrots
- Fruit to harvest include peaches, nectarines, plums, early apples, raspberries, blackberries
- Insects to look for include bean, potato, flea and cucumber beetles, aphids, thrips, leafhoppers
- Common diseases include anthracnose, wilt, Septoria leaf spot, corn earworm, and bacterial canker
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This Month's Feature
Plant Talk
Plant Talk
Bill Hlubik's weekly article for 5/22/2008
Apple Insects and Diseases
Apple Insects and Diseases
Bill Tietjen describes some common apple diseases and insect problems.
List of NJ Pick Your Own Farms
List of NJ "Pick Your Own" Farms
Find a "pick your own" farm for some Jersey Fresh pumpkins and apples!
Classic Herb Vinaigrette
Classic Herb Vinaigrette
Great recipe for herb homemade herb vinaigrette.
New Jersey Botanical Garden
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Enjoy a visit to Skylands, the New Jersey State Botanical Garden!