Things you could or should be doing in your garden ... May
- Fertilize azaleas after they bloom. Use azalea, acid loving formulation such as organic Hollytone™.
- Leave bulb foliage so plant can produce plant food for blooms next year.
- Plant summer bulbs such as elephant ears, caladiums and dahlias.
- Fertilize annuals and potted plants at regular intervals. You will see noticeable plant growth and blooms.
- Prune spring blooming shrubs immediately after bloom to prevent reduced flowers next year.
- Inspect plants for lace bugs and Japanese beetles. Treat with Merit® systemic insecticide.
- Look for signs of Rose Rosette virus on Knockout Roses. Stems will be thickened with excessive, bunched thorns, red foliage on witch’s broom effect on new growth. If found, remove entire plant, foliage and roots, and destroy or bag up and throw away. This is a hard disease to control; the virus is spread by airborn mites.
- Irrigate plants and lawns early in the morning to prevent evaporation and disease.
- Provide water for birds.
- Water newly planted trees and shrubs thoroughly at least once a week.
- Keep tomatoes evenly watered to prevent blossom end rot.
- Plant pumpkin seeds for Halloween. Depending on variety, they take 3-4 months to mature.