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Things you could or should be doing in your garden ...

May

  • Prune spring blooming shrubs. For older shrubs consider renewal pruning: remove 1/3 of old canes in first year, 1/3 in the second year, and 1/3 in final year of pruning.
  • Fertilize azaleas after bloom. Use a formulation which has an acid reaction.
  • Plant summer bulbs such as caladiums, dahlias, cannas and elephant ears.
  • Begin fertilizing annuals. Continue at regular intervals.
  • Keep bluegrass cut at 1.5 to 2.5 inch height. Mow tall fescue at 2 to 3.5 inch height.
  • Mow zoysia lawns at 1.5 inch height. Remove no more than one-half inch at each mowing.
  • Zoysia lawns may be fertilized now. Apply no more than 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Birds eat many insect pests. Attract them to your garden by providing good nesting habitats.
June
  • Watch for bagworms feeding on many garden plants, but especially juniper and arborvitae.  Either hand remove or treat with sevin dust.
  • Blossom-end rot of tomato and peppers occurs when soil moisture is uneven. Water when soils begin to dry; maintain a 2-3 inch layer of mulch.
  • Trees and shrubs may still be fertilized before July 4th.
  • Inspect shrubs, especially azaleas, for lacebug damage which produces a mottling effect on the leaves. Turn leaf over and look for the tiny lacy winged insect. Treat with Merit, systemic insecticide. Also look for leaf miner on boxwood, evidenced by trails caused by larvae inside the leaf. Also treat with Merit.
  • A mailbox mounted on a nearby post makes a handy place to store and keep dry any small tools, seeds, labels, etc. frequently used in the garden.
July
  • Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems make the most efficient use of water during dry times.
  • Provide water in the garden for the birds, especially during dry weather.
  • Newly planted trees and shrubs should continue to be watered thoroughly, once a week.
  • Keep weeds from making seeds now. This will mean less weeding next year.
  • Perennials that have finished blooming should be deadheaded. Cut back the foliage some to encourage tidier appearance.