Our latest spring freeze
has occurred this week. Tropical house plants can be taken outside.
Stake Gladiolus as their
flower spikes are forming, or grow them closer together for mutual support.
Place 21 gram, 2-year fertilizer
tablets in waterlily pots. Cover disturbed soil with tiles or bricks to
keep fish and frogs out.
Cover Strawberry beds with
white agricultural fabric to protect fruit from birds. Kill pillbugs with
a safe bait.
Apply and water-in pyrethroid
(deltamethrin, permethrin, resmethrin) granules at sunset if fleas have
appeared in your landscape. Repeat every four weeks until mid-October.
Remember to side-dress onion
and garlic plants with 21-0-0 every three weeks. Water it in immediately.
Harvest Broccoli and cauliflower
before they get too old and bloom.
Sow: Cucumber, Lima Beans,
Snap Beans, Squash, Sweet Corn and Watermelon in sunny sites.
Week 2 -
If you grow citrus, or any
other members of the Citrus Family, learn all you can about huang long
bing and Asian Citrus Psyllids. Because of this bacterial disease,
I no longer add any member of the Citrus Family to our landscape. Check
all new growth for signs of psyllids and treat accordingly. Be careful
about spraying insecticides when plants are blooming and being visited
Finish transplanting: Oriental
Eggplant, Pepper and Cherry Tomato.
Aerate lawns once each year
in the spring. Use a core-extracting aerator.
Have you sharpened the lawn
Apply a wound dressing immediately
after pruning any Oak-Wilt-susceptible Oaks.
Use a root feeder to water
plants on slopes or in narrow beds.
Control thrips on roses with
Have you tried the organic
fungicide for rose disease control? It is an extract from a Chinaberry
Tree cousin called the Neem tree.
Keep pinching back shoot
tips of Bougainvillea grown in the ground. Do not fertilize them.
Time for optional spring
feeding of Bermudagrass or St. Augustinegrass lawns with a slow-release
fertilizer. Do not feed Buffalograss.
Week 3 -
Sow: Cosmos, Gomphrena,
Okra, Ornamental Cotton, Perennial Hibiscus and Madagascar Periwinkle.
Feed resprouting bananas,
gingers, heliconias and other tropical perennials with 15-5-10 and repeat
in six weeks.
Perennial Daffodil foliage
should be allowed to dry back totally. Do not remove it while it shows
any sign of green.
Apply iron supplements (such
as glauconite) and an acidifying fertilizer to deciduous Magnolias and
Camellias. Mulch with pine bark or pine needles.
Plant Basil, Begonia, Caladium
and Impatiens in prepared beds.
Thin developing peaches to
leave them five inches apart.
Week 4 -
Don't mow wildflowers until
their seeds are mature.
Save your Ranunculus. Cut
them to four-inches-high when they finish blooming. If not disturbed, most
will resprout in December.
Make plans to replace Johnny-Jump-Up,
Pansy, Poppy, Primula and Snapdragon as heat kills them.
Plant heat-tolerant perennials
like China Doll, Clerodendrum, Ginger, Lantana and Pride-of-Barbados.
If it is legal where you
live, modify your plumbing to allow gray water irrigation of ornamental
Don't bag lawn clippings.
Mow whenever grass has grown 1/2 to 5/8 inch and let clippings fall into