Keep your lawn watered, especially if you applied fertilizer.
- Fertilize warm-season grasses (such as St. Augustine, zoysia, Bermuda, and centipede). Stop fertilizing cool-season grasses (such as fescue and bluegrass) to prevent heat damage.
- Mowing season has begun! Set mower blades at 2”- 3” or higher for cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses can be cut lower. Mow often and don’t cut more than half the blade at a time.
- Apply post-emergent weed control products to broadleaf weeds.
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Vegetables and Herbs
- Enjoy cool-season vegetables (such as spinach, carrots, and lettuce) before hot weather brings an end to the harvest.
- Plant warm-season vegetables (such as tomatoes, peppers, and corn) after the last frost.
- Plant successive crops of veggies every few weeks to extend your harvest.
- Control weeds to reduce competition for water and nutrients.
- Enjoy strawberry season while it lasts!
- Address insect and disease problems as soon as you spot them.
- Keep up with the harvest to encourage your plants to continue producing.
- Don’t apply sprays to plants that are blooming or fruiting.
Houseplants will begin their spring growing season this month.
- Once nighttime temperatures are above 50° F, put your houseplants outdoors on a shady porch so they can enjoy the summer heat while protected from strong sun and wind.
- You can also bury potted houseplants up to the rim in planting beds to add texture.
- Repot root bound houseplants.
- If not repotting, remove the top inch of soil and replace it with fresh compost.
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Cleanup and Maintenance
- Make sure that lawns and gardens receive an inch of water per week. Hand water new transplants until they become established.
- Turn your compost pile regularly.
- Get ready for bird nesting season!
- Feed the hummingbirds.
- Apply mulch under plants to keep the soil cool this summer.
- Be on the lookout for lace bugs and aphids this month.
- Examine conifers for the egg sacs of bagworms and remove before the eggs hatch.
- Take photos of blooming plants you enjoy, so you’ll know what to buy for your own garden!
- Try something new this year – visit a specialty plant nursery and explore the many varieties of plants available.
- Don’t let weeds and vines get out of control – remove (or prune) them while they’re manageable.
- Add water lilies to your pond when the water temperature reaches 70° F.
- When you prune, pinch, and trim, try rooting the cuttings to make more plants.