May Garden Tips

gillnurseryMonthly Garden Guide

Lawn Care

Fertilize this month, before the summer heat.

Apply a fast release (Gill Lawn & Garden 13-1-3) or slow release fertilizer (Green Diamond 21-7-14) to your lawn and water in well, approximately 30 minutes per area.

ORGANIC: Milorganite, Lady Bug Lawn & Garden, Medina Growin’ Green

Prevent Broad Leaf Weeds

Use: Hi Yield Weed Control with Dimension

Plant New Grass

Lay new sod or Bermuda seed anytime this month – plan to make time for watering!

Follow City Watering Guidelines

Continue watering established lawns if we don’t have rain.

Read: City Watering Guidelines – Water Only Once a Week, Pick Your Day

Fix Yellow Spots

Apply Ironite or Hi-Yield Iron Plus to yellow spots in lawn.

ORGANIC: Magic Sand

Plant

Sunny Areas

Zinnias, periwinkles, moss rose, purslane, lantana, blue daze, false heather, salvia, ice plant, gomphrena, ruellia, coreopsis, pentas

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    Zinnias
  • moss-rose
    Moss Rose
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    Blue Daze
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    Lantana
Shady Areas

Caladiums, coleus, begonias, ageratum, shrimp plant, torenia, agapanthus, snowbush.

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    Caladiums
  • coleus
    Coleus
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    Shrimp Plant
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    Agapanthus
Seeds

Morning glory, moonflower, zinnias, sunflowers, gomphrena

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    Gomphrena
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    Morning Flory

All container grown hardy and tropical trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, groundcover, and citrus trees.

Read: Fruit Trees and Citrus in Your Own Backyard

Fertilize

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  • TOMATO & PEPPER PLANTS
    Fertilize regularly with High Yield 21-0-0 (ammonium sulfate) or Miracle Gro for Tomatoes.
    ORGANIC: Rose Glo or Hasta Gro, Plant Tone
  • ANNUALS and PERENNIALS
    with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules
    ORGANIC: Medina Growin’ Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, or Hasta Gro
  • AZALEAS, GARDENIAS and MAGNOLIAS
    with Azalea Food or Miracle Gro ACR for Acid Loving Plants.
    ORGANIC: Maestro Gro-Rose Glo, or Magic Sand
  • ROSES
    with Rose Food or Bayer Rose & Flower Care
    ORGANIC: Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • HIBISCUS & TROPICAL BLOOMERS
    with Green Diamond Hibiscus Food
    ORGANIC: Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • TREES and SHRUBS
    with Gill Lawn & Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food
    ORGANIC: Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden
  • All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.

Prune

All early spring bloomers if not already done, such as azaleas, indian hawthorn and carolina jessamine.
Trim hedges as needed to maintain good form.
Poinsettias to approximately 12” tall.

Watch Out For


  • Powdery Mildew

  • Mealy Bug Damage


Grub Worm Damage

  • Fungus, Powdery Mildew

    TREAT WITH: Broad Spectrum Fungicide
    ORGANIC: Neem Oil, or Serenade

  • GRUB WORMS
    TREAT WITH: Bayer Complete, Spectracide Trazicide, Season Long Grub Control
  • CHINCH BUGS

    TREAT WITH: Spectracide Triazicide, Bayer Complete Insect Control liquid or granule, Cyonara
    ORGANIC: Diatomaceous Earth, or Spinosad

    Read: Check For Chinch Bugs If Your Lawn Looks Dry Even Though You Know It’s Not!

  • MEALY BUGS
    TREAT WITH: Liquid Sevin, Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara, or Bonide Systemic
    ORGANIC: Neem Oil, or Insecticidal Soap

    Read: Mealy Bugs are Here

  • SPIDER MITES
    TREAT WITH: Spectracide Triazicide, Bonide Systemic
    ORGANIC: Neem Oil, Spinosad
  • FLEAS and TICKS
    TREAT WITH: Cyonara, Spectracide Triazicide
    ORGANIC: Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth

    Read: Got Fleas?

  • LACE BUGS on LANTANA
    TREAT WITH: Cyonara

    Read: Lacebugs on Lantana

Water

When watering during periods of windy dry conditions, it’s important to water slow and deep. Be sure to watch the spray of your sprinkler and adjust accordingly with the wind

Water all plants well after planting and regularly through the first year
Plants will begin to use more water as they grow and bloom. Outdoor potted plants dry out quickly as do hanging baskets and small annuals.

Mulch

Apply mulch around trees, flowerbeds and vegetable gardens to reduce weeds and help retain moisture. We like cypress, hardwood and pinestraw mulch. These reduce weeds well and will not float away.


  • Pine Straw Mulch

  • Cypress Mulch

  • Hardwood Mulch