Follow these tips to keep your lawn thriving this month: be strategic in treating yellow grass, since most Florida counties implement fertilizer bans; check for common summer pests and treat them appropriately; avoid weedkiller; and keep your mower blades sharp!
This month, homeowners must adjust watering schedules and techniques as temperatures rise, precipitation increases, and growing plants provide more shade. Look out for discoloration, water differently in the shade, and aerate the soil if it is not absorbing enough water.
Soil solarization uses sunlight and heat conduction to raise soil temperatures and eliminate unwanted pests, weeds, and diseases. This method effectively utilizes the scorching months of the year to prepare the land for a fall garden. Implement this method in your home garden this summer.
Consider these non-chemical pest control methods that are better for both the environment and your personal health. Natural methods of controlling landscape pests include installing insect-repelling plants, using natural products, and keeping up with appropriate cultural controls.
Pest prevention and eradication is easier when you know what to expect and how to identify insect damage. Get familiar with Florida’s common summer landscape pests and know how to spot them. Then you can correctly identify problems and apply appropriate controls.
Although the Florida summer may limit planting options, there are still a plethora of heat-loving plants that you can incorporate into your landscaping this month. Consider annuals for sunny and shady spots, and warm-weather bulbs that will offer stunning blooms throughout the summer season.
It’s not too late to add to your spring vegetable garden before summer hits. This month, plant okra, southern peas, and swiss chard in North and Central Florida and hot peppers and tropical spinach in South Florida. Sweet potatoes and herbs can be planted throughout the state.
Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators play a critical role in the production of fruits, vegetables, and nuts we eat on a daily basis. Provide shelter and food for these crucial insects and animals by creating a pollinator garden.
Shrubs can create unity across a landscape, serve as barriers or borders, or provide visual appeal with seasonal color or as a specimen plant. When choosing shrubs, consider their purpose and your climate. Pay attention to light requirements, eventual height and width, soil type, and hardiness.