May Tips Continued

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This article provides landscape and garden tips for zone 8
by Brett · All Zones · Growing Basics · 0 Comments · November 03, 2010 · 21,822 views


Planting Tips & Reminders


Plant perennial plants! - Most nursery and gardens centers carry more varieties of perennial plants during the month of May than at any other time of year. That's because most perennials have emerged from dormancy by now and love the warmer temperatures. Perennials come back year after year and can be planted in beds or containers to add vibrant splashes of color in just about any situation in your landscape. The flower and foliage colors and textures of perennials are endless. There are perennials for any situation: sun or shade, dry or moist soil.

SEE:

The Longest Flowering Perennials

Gardening With Perennials

Plant warm season lawns from sod or seed - If you want to plant a new bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine or Zoysia lawn May is a great time to do so. Early planting gives these grasses more time to establish themselves before the cool season. When planting a bermuda lawn from seed make sure to use "turf-type" bermuda seed. 'Common Bermuda' is best suited for pastures. Turf-type Bermuda grasses, such as 'Sahara', display excellent overall turf quality similar to that of Tifway Bermuda 419 sod.

SEE:

Sodding A New Lawn

Overseeding An Existing Lawn

Plant annual bedding plants/flowers in beds and container plantings - May is a great time to plant seasonal flower beds and container gardens that will add vibrant splashes of beautiful, eye-catching color in your gardens. The choices of colors and textures are endless. Follow the links below to get some great tips and ideas for designing and planting beautiful flower gardens that will be the envy of all your neighbors!

SEE:

How To Plant A Flowerbed

Flower Bed Design Tips & Ideas

How To Plant Flowers In Container Gardens

Container Garden Design Tips & Ideas

Plant a vegetable garden. - In the South, May is the best month to begin planting vegetables in the vegetable garden or in container vegetable gardens. If you planted your vegetable garden a month or so ago, May would be a good time to plant a second crop to extend the harvesting season.

SEE:

Getting Started Growing Vegetables

How To Build A Raised Bed Garden

Planning A Vegetable Garden

How To Grow Vegetables In Containers

How To Grow Tomatoes In The Garden

Vegetable Garden Crop Rotation


Pruning Tips & Reminders


Prune spring-flowering shrubs and other plants - Azaleas and other spring-flowering shrubs can be pruned right after they have finished blooming.

SEE:

How To Prune Encore Azaleas

How To Prune Evergreen Azaleas

How To Prune Tomato Plants

Remove sucker growths from fruit trees and other trees - Suckers are those pesky shoots that emerge from the base of fruit trees, crape myrtles and other types of trees. Because they can rob valuable energy, make sure to cut them off with a sharp pair of hand pruners as soon as you see them.

Cut back annual plants - If any of your annual seasonal flowers you planted earlier in the spring season have become leggy or thinned out now would be a good time to snip them back to encourage a fuller, healthier plant that will produce more flowers over the entire season. Apply flower food after pruning.

Pinch and transplant spring flowering bulbs - Break off wilting daffodil heads but continue to feed and care for the plants until the foliage has died back naturally. Old plantings of daffodils may be divided and moved when they have finished blooming. Water them thoroughly after transplanting. It is best not to dig or move other spring flowering bulbs until their foliage has died completely.

SEE: How To Prune Spring Flowering Bulbs

Deadhead spent flowers on perennials, roses and other flowering plants - Keep your flowering perennials, annuals, roses and other flowering plants tidy by snipping or pinching off spent flowers. Doing so will also encourage a fuller, healthier plant that produces more flowers throughout the season.

SEE: How To Deadhead Flowering Plants

Adjust your mower deck to a higher setting - As the temperatures go higher so should your lawn grass, especially if you don't provide supplemental irrigation during dry periods of summer. Adjust the height of your mower to leave at least an extra inch or two of height on cool season lawn grasses such as fescue and bluegrass, and maybe an extra half-inch to inch for warm season grasses such as Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia. Lawn grasses store water in their foliage so leaving the grass taller helps the grass to retain moisture to fight summer heat and dry spells.




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