May Lawn & Garden Tips
In the Garden
Keep the Color Going.
There’s still time to plant annuals for spring and summer enjoyment. Plant hot weather loving annuals such as Zinnias, Marigolds, Celosia and Portulaca now and continue…
Keep tomatoes on a regular watering and fertilizer schedule for a bountiful harvest through summer.
Go Crazy with Veggies.
Now is the time to plant all summer vegetables including okra, pumpkin, sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, peanuts, watermelon, black-eyed peas, butter peas, butter beans and more.
Plant Now, Enjoy Year After Year.
Now is the perfect time to plant long-blooming perennials like daylilies, coneflowers, and shasta daisies.
Plant tropical vines at your mailboxes for bright flowers all summer. Try climbing mandevilla or bougainvillea.
Fertilize roses and azaleas now to encourage a second bloom, and continue feeding them on schedule through the month of June.
Water-Wise, Weed-Free Gardening
. Mulch all garden beds well to help regulate soil temperature, retain moisture, and keep weeds at bay.
Shield Yourself from the Sun
. Make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen when playing in the dirt.
In the House
Houseplants can now reside outdoors for the summer. Place houseplant containers in an area that receives partial shade – not direct sun.
Continue feeding your houseplants monthly and water as needed.
For the Lawn
Fertilize Centipede Lawns.
One application per year is all that is required.
For Fescue and Warm Season Lawns
use Infuse Granules to prevent or control diseases.
Sow Warm Season Grasses.
After mid-month, sow warm season grasses such as Bermuda and centipede now.
. Use weed killer on lawns only if temperature is above 70 degrees F.
Stop Fire Ants.
Use Amdro on Fire Ant mounds then treat mounds with an insecticide 48 hours later.
For the Birds
Drive Hummingbirds and Butterflies Crazy with Miss Huff.
Hummingbirds will go crazy for Miss Huff Lantana. Plant under feeders to give hummingbirds a special treat.
Fill feeders with a variety of different seed to attract a variety of birds.
Create a nest kit for the birds by filling an empty suet feeder with nesting material such as yarn, hair and lint from the dryer.