May’s gardening weather can be all over the place and it has been. Highs of 108 last week and now only in the 70’s and 80’s-crazy but we’ll take it! Your lawn and garden is really transitioning right now from a cool season one to warm ( it will get hot to stay unfortunately one of these days). Here is a short list of what you might want to be doing or looking for.
- Check irrigation system-they’ll be in high demand soon and the time to find out they’re not working properly is not when a plant dies.
- Mulch-it keeps weeds at bay, reduces watering demands and heat stress on plants, and looks and smells good.
- Fertilize- Citrus, shade trees, roses, well really just about everything. A healthy plant will tolerate the stress of heat much better.
- Switch from winter to summer annuals and bedding plants- Vina, Pentas, Moss rose, Angelonia, Ruellia, Lantana, Celosia and more
- Check plants for insects like spider mites, caterpillars, mealy bug……early detection makes it easy to control
- Weeds are beginning to go to seed, don’t let them! Pull, spray, hoe, whatever you need to do to keep from spreading and reseeding for next year
- Dethatch and or aerate lawns. As warm season grasses like Bermuda starts to grow it is time to help them rejuvenate by dethatching. Aerating will help you reduce watering as well.
- Fertilize lawns, especially after dethatching and continue to fertilize every 30 days during summer months. A well nourished lawn will use less water, consider using an organic fertilizer like Hickman’s Farms Choice! It will help water reduction and improve soil structure.
Just a few things to keep you out of pool halls and off the streets!