May Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  Plants that are heat tolerant are salvia, angelonia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper. To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Bulbs: Daylilies are low maintenance and provide color to your flower beds for months.  To learn more about planting daylilies, click Here

Vegetables: Swiss chard, okra, southern pea, and sweet potato are great vegis to plant during the summer months. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida.

Herbs: Herbs that like warmer temperatures will do well to be planted now such as basil, oregano, sage, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.  Click Here to learn more about planting herbs.

What maintenance is required this month?

Pests: Monitor plants for pest infestation such as thrips, scales, and mites on ornamental plants. Click Here to learn more pest prevention.

Perennials and bulbs:  You may divide bulbs or ornamental grasses in May and it will encourage them to expand and fill out the empty spaces in your garden.

Oleanders: Check oleander leaves for signs of caterpillars such as holes in the leaves.  If you see signs of these creatures, click Here to learn how to treat them.

Chinch Bugs in Lawn: Unhealthy grass may be because of insects infestation such as chinch bugs.  Click Here to learn more.

New Plants: Click Here to learn how to produce more plants through techniques like division or layering.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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