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May Garden Guide


Lawn Care

Apply Medina Growin’ Green or Milorganite to your lawn. Water in well approximately 30 minutes per area to begin working. These feed the soil and your lawn.

Prevent broadleaf weeds

Use Hi-Yield Crabgrass & Weed Preventer

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.

Visit:  City Watering Guidelines

Fix yellow spots

Apply Nature’s Blend Compost to yellow spots in lawn.


Sunny areas:

Zinnias, Periwinkles, Moss Rose, Purslane, Lantana, Blue Daze, False Heather, Salvia, Ice Plant, Gomphrena, Ruellia, Coreopsis, Pentas

Shady areas:

Caladiums, Coleus, Begonias, Ageratum, Shrimp Plant, Torenia, Agapanthus, Snowbush


Morning Glory, Moonflower, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Gomphrena

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

Read: Fruit Trees and Citrus in Your Own Backyard

Indoor Plants

Warm temps allow you to take your indoor plants outdoors for some fresh air. Just be sure to keep them protected from the sun. Shady patios are perfect for a short stay. Wash off the dust and bring them back in nice and clean.

Read: Plants, the Perfect Rx for Clean AirPro Planting Tip: Not Too Deep

Pro Tips for Houseplants

  • If your houseplant looks unhappy, think location first. It may need to be moved to a different spot with different lighting.
  • Keep them away from the AC vents (they like humidity and the AC dries them out)
  • General rule for watering; water well then re-water once the soil feels dry to the touch
  • Spring is time to start fertilizing your houseplants. Your plants will love organic Hasta Gro
  • If they are getting too big for their pots, bump up to a slightly larger pot. 


All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.

Tomato & Pepper Plants

Fertilize regularly with organic Rose Glo or Hasta GroPlant Tone, or Medina Growin' Green, or conventionally with High Yield 21-0-0 (ammonium sulfate).


Annuals & Perennials

Use organic Medina Growin' GreenRose Glo or Plant Tone, or Hasta Gro.



 Azaleas, Magnolias, Gardenias

Fertilize organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo, or Espoma Azalea Food.



Fertilize organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo.



Hibiscus & Tropical Bloomers

Use organic Maestro Gro-Rose Glo, or conventional Hibiscus Food.


Trees & Shrubs

Fertilize organically with MilorganiteMedina Growin' Green.



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

Fungus, Powdery Mildew

Treat organically with Neem OilUse Fertilome Liquid Systemic Fungicide on ornamentals.

Grub Worms

Use organic Spinosad Soap, or conventional Season Long Grub Control.

Spider Mites

Treat organically with Spinosad Soap or conventionally with Cyonara, Bonide Systemic.

Lace Bugs on Lantana

Use Cyonara.

Read: Lacebugs on Lantana

Chinch Bugs

Use organic Diatomaceous Earth, or Spinosad, or conventional Cyonara.

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

Mealy Bugs

Treat organically with Neem Oil, or Insecticidal Soap, or conventionally with Bonide Systemic.

Read: Mealy Bugs are Here

Fleas & Ticks

Treat organically with SpinosadDiatomaceous Earth, or conventionally with Cyonara.

Read: Got Fleas?


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.


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.


Reader Interactions


  1. nicole pg says

    Very helpful info. I’m from Sri Lanka with a shady strip for a garden. I love lush green gardens. Do you have any suggestions for me to achieve my dream garden even with the shade?

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