Fertilize early in the month, if not already done.
Fertilize organically with Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green, or apply a slow release conventional fertilizer (Green Diamond 21-7-14, Gill Lawn & Garden 13-1-3) to your lawn and water in well, approximately 30 minutes per area.
Plant New Grass
Lay new sod or Bermuda seed anytime this month.
Fix Yellow Spots in Your Lawn
Treat organically with Nature’s Blend, or conventionally with Hi-Yield Iron Plus.
Mow as Required
Keep St. Augustine cut to about 3”, Bermuda at 1” – 2”.
Watch for Chinch Bugs and Grub Worms.
Water well every 7 to 10 days.
Tomato & pepper plants
Fertilize tomato and pepper plants regularly. Use organic Rose Glo,
Hasta Gro, Plant Tone, or conventional Ammonium Sulfate 21-0-0
Read: My Ugly Tomato Plant
All roses with organic Maestro Gro Rose Glo
TREES & SHRUBS
Fertilize all trees and shrubs with organic Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green, or conventional Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food
Annuals and perennials
Use organic Medina Growin’ Green, Hasta Gro, or conventional Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules
Azaleas, gardenias, and magnolias
Use organic Maestro Gro-Rose Glo or Medina Growin’ Green, or conventional Espoma Azalea Food or Miracle Gro ACR for acid loving plants
Hibiscus and tropical bloomers
Fertilize all tropical bloomers with organic Rose Glo or Hasta Gro, or conventional Hibiscus Food
Citrus and Pecan trees
Use organic Espoma Citrus Tone, or conventional Pecan, Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer
- Faded blooms to encourage new blooms – especially important on perennials, tropicals, and crape myrtles
- Shrubs to maintain good form
- Palms, if needed
Watch Out For
Watch for caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Use organic Thuricide, Spinosad, or conventional Cyonara.
Fungus, Powdery Mildew
Use organic Neem Oil, or conventional Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Systemic Fungicide
Treat conventionally with Spectracide Trazicide, Season Long Grub Control
Watch for Chinch bugs in lawns. Treat organically with Diatomaceous Earth, Spinosad, or conventionally with Cyonara RTS, Spectracide Triazicide liquid or granules
Use organic Neem Oil, Bee Safe 3 in 1 Spray or Insecticidal Soap, or conventional Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara, or Bonide Systemic
Read: Mealy Bugs are Here
Treat organically with Neem Oil, Bee Safe 3 in 1 Spray or Spinosad. Seaweed extract helps prevent them. Or, treat conventionally with Spectracide Triazicide or Bonide Systemic
FLEAS and TICKS
Treat lawns with organic Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer, or conventional Spectracide Triazicide, Cyonara
Borers in mesquites, ash, and yucca. Treat organically with Spinosad
– When watering during periods of windy dry conditions, it’s important to water slowly and deeply. Be sure to watch the spray of sprinklers 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. Check new plants daily for water needs, many will need water every day.
– Mulch around trees and flowerbeds to conserve moisture.
– Make arrangements for someone to water if leaving for more than 2 days (especially new plants).
– Watch your perennials. Check soil moisture before watering. Many plants can die from over watering. Use a moisture meter when in doubt.