So far May has felt more like March than March did! That being the case, enjoy-summer just got a couple weeks shorter!!
What to do in the garden this month:
- Be sure irrigation systems are working properly, we know it will warm up and watering is always an issue those first few hot dry days of late May and early June. Need your system checked, repaired, or replaced-call us. Want to know how to water properly-come on by and get a FREE “landscape watering by the numbers” watering guide!
- Be sure vegetable gardens are being fertilized regularly. They are making their big push of growth and fruit setting and need nutrients. We’ve got lots of options, come on in and we’ll set you up!
- Keep roses fertilized, and dead headed to insure more and bigger blooms. apply mulch to keep roots cool and cut down on moisture loss, prevent weeds, and insure summer vitality!
- As your winter flowers fade away plant heat lovers like: vinca,portulaca,angelonia,penta,verbena,gomphrenea,ruellia,lantana,and celosia.
- Got shade? Remember the best time was 25 years ago, the next best time is today! We can deliver and plant the right tree in the right place in your yard-let us help you be sure it is exactly that!
- Dethatch and aerate lawns this month. Be sure to add gypsum or sulfur after you’re done.
- Bug watch- Caterpillars are out in force on grape vines, spider mites usually begin to show with dry windy conditions, pearl scale in hybrid Bermuda lawns will show their damage with hot conditions-be sure to bring samples so we can responsibly recommend the right treatment for your problems! Cutter bees are showing up on roses and bougainvilleas now- no real treatment is advised-another good reason to bring in samples!
- don’t be afraid to plant heat tolerant landscape plants. We landscape homes year round and try to use our own grown or locally grown plants so that they are well acclimated. Harper’s also has a lifetime plant guarantee- so there is no risk if you plant them correctly or have us do the planting for you!