Minimize expensive foundation
damage. During dry weather, water around the perimeter of your slab-on-grade foundation
every 2 to 3 weeks with a soaker hose.
Inspect Crepe Myrtles weekly
for aphids or powdery mildew. Consider replacing with mildew-resistant
If necessary, relocate spring-flowering
bulbs, including perennial Daffodils, and replant immediately.
Finish pruning climbing Roses
and all spring bloomers.
Harvest Garlic when "flower
spike" starts to dry. Garlic without the spike should be ready in one more
Relocate all hanging baskets
with sun-tolerant plants to a site which is shaded after 3:00 PM.
Remove spent flower spikes
from all Salvias to encourage repeat blooming.
Week 2 -
Kill white fly, web worms
and spider mites as soon as outbreaks occur.
Be careful near brush piles,
weedy or overgrown areas and junk piles; a swarm of Africanized bees might
Mow spring wildflowers after
their seeds are mature.
Remove old, diseased Tomato,
Pepper, Squash, etc. plants to clean up vegetable garden. Do NOT
compost diseased plants.
Do not be a vector. Wash
your hands after discarding virus-infected plants, and before touching
Water young (less than two-years-old)
trees and shrubs deeply every two weeks during a dry summer.
Week 3 -
Apply the first of two pyrethroid
granule treatments for grubworm control in lawns and beds. Use insecticidal
granules only if you wish to also kill beneficial earthworms.
Remove and discard most Strawberry
plants. Replant in early fall. Only the 'Selva' variety will bear in the
This is a good time to prune
Fig and Oleander and thin old wood on Pomegranate. Watch out for wasp nests.
Wear rubber gloves when harvesting
the hottest of hot peppers: Dorset Naga, Naga Jolokia, Habanero, Red Savina,
Scotch Bonnet, etc. Do not wipe your brow. If you do, you will soon
experience a medical emergency.
Solarize your vegetable garden
for the next three to four weeks.
Week 4 -
Tired of watering your lawn
too frequently? Replace it with '609' or 'Stampede' Buffalograss in low-traffic
sunny sites; 'El Toro' Zoysia in high-traffic full sun to part shade zones
and 'Del-Mar' or 'Floratam' St. Augustine in shady areas with deep soils.
Control damaging insects
on developing pecan nuts.
In case of very dry conditions,
start watering your grounds to prevent fires caused by pyrotechnicians.
If you can reach them and
if it is practical, remove Crepe Myrtle bloom spikes when half their flowers
have lost their color.
Mulch all beds three- to
four-inches-deep to keep soil cool, roots healthier, conserve moisture
and reduce weed seed germination.