May is here which means lots to do in the garden! We gathered our Top 5 Must Do’s to help you and your garden make the transition to warmer weather.
Check out our May Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!
1. Harvest Your Food
Harvest often! Veggies grow fast – especially cucumbers, beans & okra. It also keeps birds & insects from finding them first. If you do have insect issues in your veggie garden, our go-to organic control is Spinosad – safe for food but takes care of bugs. And remember to keep watering as the weather warms up. Soaker hoses are great to snake around your plants keeping water close to the ground and root systems.
2. Tend Your Lawn
It’s vital to water your lawn once a week unless we have rain. Invest in a sprinkler that’ll do the work – we have them. Hand watering the lawn may feel therapeutic, but you won’t get good coverage and depth.
Mow- the proper height for St. Augustine lawns is around 3inches for spring summer. For Bermuda lawns keep mowed to around 2-2.5 inches.
Feed with Natural Fertilizers: Medina Growin Green or Milorganite. These feed the lawn and the soil with great results. Water in to get them started. Watch for lawn insects & treat when needed. Grub worms & chinch bugs are easy to control when caught early but there’s no need to treat unless you have them. Bayer Season-long Grub Control will do the trick for grubs. Cyonara takes care of chinch bugs.
3. Planting For Pollinators
Hummingbirds, butterflies, and a host of garden friends will be hanging around needing a source for clean water & food, especially after the big freeze. Adding a shallow birdbath and blooming native plants will give them both. You can also hang hummingbird feeders around if you have an abundance of birds. Clean and change the nectar daily so it does not spoil, and don’t use red food coloring, just 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.
4. Look for Thirsty Plants
Watch your plants and they will show you when they need a drink. Most show signs of wilting (see photo). That’s a sign they need water soon. Once you give them a drink, they perk up quickly. But some will not tell you until it is too late, like a live oak tree. Invest in a moisture meter. They help to read the moisture with a poke into the soil around the roots. We have them and they’re very easy to use.
5. Gifts for Gardening Moms
Let us help you find something pretty, useful, or both for the gardening moms in your life. Pottery, birdbaths, garden tools, hats, gloves – lots of options. Or the gift that gardeners love most – plants!
Check out our May Garden Guide for more tips! Happy gardening!