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Your garden can provide a respite from life’s complications while providing great benefit to you and to your family. Across the United States and the world, people seek enjoyment from their gardens. Florida’s subtropical location means gardening in Florida can practically be a year-round event!


This Month…


May 2012

 

• As soon as the rainy season kicks in, it's the perfect time to being planting trees, shrubs, vines and other great plants including heat-tolerant annuals such as marigolds, portulaca, salvia, verbena, purslane . The rain should help moisten the ground, but be certain there's ample water to kick-start your new landscape additions.


• Warmer weather means yard insects. While it's tempting to mass treat (and many times over-treat) your yard, you'll do better "scouting" for signs of trouble and then treat your problem zones as needed. Insecticide manufacturers have a well-diversified arsenal of products to help you. Just remember that not all bugs are bad. Generally, bad bugs are found in groups or leave ample damage.r problem zones as needed. Insecticide manufacturers have a well-diversified arsenal of products to help you. Just remember that not all bugs are bad. Generally, bad bugs are found in groups or leave ample damage.


• Some shrubs are likely to be overgrown after the spring surge. Time to trim these up! Nip back lanky growth and check for dead or declining branches - but never more than 1/3 of the plant's mass.

May 2012

• Encourage good bugs and yard critters by creating a healthy landscape. Birds, lizards, frogs, bees and butterflies will flock to the right plants. Visit your local garden center for plants ideal for these good yard visitors.

• Hurricane Seasons is just around the bend. Inspect your trees, palms and other plants that may be in need of pruning.

• Enjoy the show: May brings a wealth of blooms frequently seen throughout the state including Tabebuia, Bougainvillea, Crape Myrtle and Wisteria - just to name a few.


• Start an herb garden. Try Basil, Chives, Dill, Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Mint and Thyme.