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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

- 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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