To Do in Your Garden
- FERTILIZE: Feed all spring-blooming shrubs after they have bloomed. Feed amaryllis after they bloom. Feed and mulch iris. Feed crape myrtle with 1/2 cup/sq. yd. of 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer beneath the branch spread.
- WATER: Water annuals as needed. Mulch all bare soil to retain moisture.
- TRANSPLANT: Container-grown plants can go into the ground now.
- LAWN CARE: Mow every 5-7 days, leaving the clippings on the lawn. Keep St. Augustine grass at 2 1/2″ to 3″ height. Apply 1/2′ to 1″ of water as needed to wet soil thoroughly. Don’t water more often than every five days.
- DISEASES/PESTS TO LOOK FOR: Check for aphids and spider mites. Look for tobacco horn-worms, spider mites and stink bugs, especially in vegetable gardens. Spray peach and plum trees for curculio weevils. Spray blackspot-susceptible roses with fungicide every 7-10 days.
- PRUNE: Prune spring-flowering shrubs and trees after they bloom. Prune climbing roses and other “once bloomers” as soon as they finish flowering. Divide chrysanthemums and pinch tips for bushier growth. Pinch back leggy annuals to encourage branching. Deadhead plants to encourage blooming. Prune frost-damaged trees and shrubs. Remove sucker shoots from tomato plants to get earlier, larger fruit.