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May Garden Tasks


University of Florida has these tips for the summer gardening including what to plant, what to do and what insects to scout for.

Annuals/Bedding plants: Plants that can take summer heat include coleus, salvia, torenia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper. See Annuals:

Bulbs: Some lilies do better when their roots are crowded. Try planting Amazon, Aztec, and Clivia lilies in containers to increase blooming. See Bulbs for Florida:

Herbs: Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon, ginger, cumin, summer savory, and rosemary. See Herbs:

Vegetables: Sweet potatoes, boniato, hot peppers, and tropical "spinach" such as Sisso, Malabar, and New Zealand can be planted now. See Vegetable Gardening in Florida:

Pests: Watch for thrips, scale, and mites on ornamental plants because they become more active in warm weather. See Landscape Pest Management:

Gardenias and ixora: Distinguish between the normal yellowing of older leaves and the yellowing of new growth, which usually indicates a micronutrient deficiency. See Nutrient Deficiency (Landscape Plants): and Gardenias at a Glance:

Oleanders: Inspect chewed or ragged leaves for oleander caterpillars at work. See Oleander Pest Management:

Lawns: Watch for damage from chinch bugs in St. Augustinegrass and begin scouting for newly hatched mole crickets in bahiagrass lawns. See Turfgrass Pest Insects:

Tomatoes: Watch for pests, disease, and nutritional disorders on tomato plants. See Home Tomato Gardening:

Trees: Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak branches and prune if needed. Hire an ISA-certified arborist. See International Society of Arboriculture: and Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs:

Lawns: Prevent or minimize disease by following proper cultural practices when caring for lawns. See Turf Diseases:

If you would like a gardening recommendation from a Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer call 233-1750. M-F 9-4