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The Neighborhood Gardener – June

hybrid philodendronThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Circling Roots on Trees — This problem can prevent a tree from developing a strong and balanced root system, affecting its ability to withstand high winds during storms. Help prevent circling by carefully inspecting the roots of new trees at planting time.
  • Plant of the Month: Hybrid Philodendron — A group of easy-to-grow houseplants with lush green, burgundy, or copper-colored leaves, hybrid philodendrons differ from the more widely know heartleaf philodendron in that they have large spade-shaped leaves and a more upright growth habit.
  • Pollinator Week: June 20-26 — Pollinators, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles, are vital to our ecosystem. Pollinator Week celebrates their valuable service. Learn how you can take part.
  • Winners of the 13th Annual Florida School Garden Competition Have Been Announced — First, second, and third place winners receive cash prizes. All entries receive a mini greenhouse set from one of the competition sponsors, Scotts Miracle-Gro.
  • June in Your Garden — Now is a good time to produce more plants by air layering, grafting, division, or cuttings. Many summer flowering shrubs, like hibiscus, oleander, and crepemyrtle, benefit from frequent light pruning during the warmer months.
  • Friend or Foe? Friend: Assassin Bug — These bugs feed on a wide range of prey, but they’re especially benefical as a predator of economic pests, such as the fall armyworm and the Asian citrus psyllid.

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