May Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  Now that the hot afternoon temperatures are here, consider planting salvia, angelonia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper which can withstand the increasing Spring/Summer temperatures.  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Vegetables: Now is a good time to plant swiss chard, okra, southern pea, and sweet potato that like warmer weather. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida. Here is another great resource for Vegetable Gardening.

Bulbs: Early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties of daylily can be planted now and will provide color for months .  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs.

Herbs: Herbs that do well in the warmer temperatures are basil, oregano, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.  Click Here to learn about planting edible ginger. Click Here to learn more about planting herbs in North Florida.

What maintenance is required this month?

Pests:  Be in the lookout for thrips, scales, and mites on ornamental plants.  They tend to be more active as the temperatures rise.  Click Here to learn more.

Gardenias:  If you observe a yellowing of the leaves on new growth for the gardenias plants, it may be a sign that they are malnutritioned.  Click Here to learn about how to care for Gardenia plants.

Lawns: St. Augustine grass can be susceptible to chinch bugs and bahiagrass lawns can be afftected by newly hatched mole crickets. Click Here to learn more about protecting and treating your grass from bugs.

Oleander Pests:  Chewed leaves from Oleander is usually from oleander caterpillars which can affect the health of your plant.  Click Here to learn more about oleander caterpillars and how to rid them from your oleanders.

Pruning Shrubs & Trees: A great time to prune trees and shrubs is when the dormant time has ended and new growth begins.  Click Here to learn more about pruning shrubs and trees.  Once azaleas have finished blooming, prune them back to keep their form and to reduce their size.  Click Here to learn more about caring for azaleas.

Fertilize Shrubs & Palms:  If palms and shrubs need a boost, now is a good time to fertilze.  Choose a fertilizer with at least 30% slow release nitrogen. Click on the following links to learn about palms http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_palm_nutrition , fertililzing palms http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep261, and  landscape fertilization    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_fertilization

Irrigation:  Before the weather gets too hot, check irrigation systems for any mal-functions or sprayers that are not aligned correctely. Click Here to learn more.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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