May Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants: May is a good time to add plants that can tolerate the upcoming summer heat such as salvia, angelonia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper.  
To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Herbs: Basil, oregano, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary can be planted now as they can tolerate heat.  Click Here to learn more about planting herbs.

Bulbs: Daylilys are low maintenance bulbs that provide color for the upcoming month.   Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs in your garden. 

Vegetables: Swiss chard, okra, southern pea, and sweet potato can be planted in May. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables.

What maintenance is required this month?

Pests: Thrips, scales, and mites become more active on ornamental plants as the weather gets warmer.   Click Here to learn more about pest management.

Gardenias: If the leaves on your gardenias begin to yellow, it might be a sign of a micronutrient deficiency.  Click Here to learn about gardenias.

Lawn Insects:   St. Augustine grass can be susceptible to chinch bugs and bahiagrass lawns may get mole crickets. Click Here to learn about beneficial insects.  Click Here to learn about grass insects.

Oleanders:  If you notice chewed leaves on your oleander bushes, it might be oleander caterpillars.  Click Here to learn more about managing oldeander pests.

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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