Myrtles weekly for aphids or powdery
mildew. Consider replacing with mildew-resistant
foundation damage. During dry
weather, water around the perimeter
of your slab-on-grade
foundation every 2 to 3 weeks with a
relocate spring-flowering bulbs,
including perennial Daffodils, and
climbing Roses and all spring
Harvest Garlic when
"flower spike" starts to dry. Garlic
without the spike should be ready in
one more year.
Relocate all hanging
baskets with sun-tolerant plants to
a site which is shaded after 3:00
Remove spent flower
spikes from all Salvias to encourage
Kill white fly, web
worms and spider mites as soon as
Be careful near
brush piles, weedy or overgrown
areas and junk piles; a swarm of
Africanized bees might lurk there.
wildflowers after their seeds are
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 disease-free plants.
Water young (less
than two-years-old) trees and shrubs
deeply every two weeks during a dry
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
Remove and discard
most Strawberry plants. Replant in
early fall. Only the 'Selva' variety
will bear in the summer.
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.
vegetable garden for the next three
to four weeks.
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
insects on developing pecan nuts.
In case of very dry
conditions, start watering your
grounds to prevent fires caused by
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