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Week 1:

  • If a large June Bug population is present, insecticide may be applied to lawn areas.
  • Fungicide applications may be applied to lawn to control necrotic ring spot.
  • Watch for tent caterpillars, particularly on crab, hawthorn and apple trees.
  • Regularly check plants for insect and disease activity.
  • Plant annuals in beds or containers.
  • Spray fruit trees every 10 – 14 days.
  • Potted aquatics can be placed out in water displays.
  • Continue fertilizing heavy feeding plants such as roses.
  • Pinch fall blooming mums to curb early bloom and to promote compact growth.

Week 2:

  • Prune spring flowering shrubs as soon as flowers fade.
  • Remove spent flowers and foliate from spring bulbs and disguise with annual plantings.
  • Mulch shrub, flower and vegetable gardens for weed control and moisture retention.
  • Continue to monitor plants for insect and disease activity.
  • Continue to mow grass regularly.
  • Monitor plants for aphids, as their numbers can grow rapidly.

Week 3:

  • Watch for wood boring insects (EAB) with are just beginning to emerge.
  • Last chance to apply spring fertilizer to your lawn.
  • Evergreens and hedges should receive first trimming.
  • Check to make sure mulch is in place and even.
  • Continue monitoring for insect activity; leaf hoppers may be quite active on ash and honeylocust trees.

Week 4:

  • Second generation of leaf minor insects may be active on birch and hawthorns.
  • Many scale insects are in the crawler stage and can be controlled by insecticide application.
  • Treat roses and perennials regularly with fungicide for mildew and black spot control.
  • Perform a seasonal check of your irrigation system in preparation for the hottest, driest time of year. 


- Monitor rainfall. Your landscape needs approximately one inch of water each week, depending on temperatures and winds.