Tomatoes any time this month, peppers, squash and watermelon at the end of the month. Protect these from late freezes.
Petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, dusty miller, begonias, gerbera daisy, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, phlox and bluebonnets
Garden Guide: Spring/Summer Annual Planting Guide
Alyssum, Petunia, Dusty Miller
- ANNUALS & PERENNIALS
with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
- ESTABLISHED ROSES
with Bayer Rose & Flower Care, organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
- ESTABLISHED CITRUS TREES
(3 years or older) with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags, organically with Citrus Tone, Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone
- COOL WEATHER VEGETABLES
with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
Do not fertilize tropicals – they need to rest.
Only as needed – but dry cold fronts, high winds and low humidity can dry plants quickly. Established lawns only need water every couple of weeks, provided we don’t get rain.
Be sure to check your sprinkler system and adjust accordingly!
Early spring bloomers such as azaleas, carolina jessamine, indian hawthorn, mountain laurel or redbud. Prune these after they bloom.
Fruit trees – peaches, apples, plum, pear lightly to shape (do not prune citrus)
Hardy dormant trees – oak, mesquite, cedar elm, crape myrtle, Chinese tallow and soapberry – Do not top trees!
Perennials that have finished their bloom.
Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom season.
Watch Out ForSCALE INSECTS
Found on hardy trees and shrubs.
To Treat: Spray with Neem Oil Spray or All Season Oil
This can be a major problem after long periods of wet, cool weather. There are 2 major lawn fungus – Take All Patch and Brown Patch.
To Treat: Treat Take All Patch with Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide, organically with Nature’s Blend Organic Compost, or Peat Moss Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules, or Fertilome F-Stop Granules, organically with Serenade, Actinovate, or Actino Iron.
Watch: Brown Patch Fungus
LEAF CHEWING WORMS & INSECTS
To Treat: Thuricide, Spinosad or Dipel Dust
When or if temperatures dip below freezing:
- Move tropical potted plants inside or group them together in a protected area so they may be easily covered.
- Mulch and water newly planted trees and shrubs well; water tropicals and potted plants.
- Cover tropicals and tender plants with sheets, blankets or plastic. (Note plastic can burn the outer foliage it is touching)
- Bring fabric all the way to the ground allowing heat from the soil to be trapped around the plant.
- Uncover all plants as temperatures rise to prevent the foliage from scorching.