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MAY

PLANT*:

  • All warm season lawn grasses from plugs, sod, seed, or sprigs or by hydromulching.  Zoysia should only be planted as solid soil.  Also the tall prairie grasses from seed including big and little bluestem, Indiangrass, switchgrass, sideoats gramma, eastern gamma, etc.
  • Tropical color in beds or pot including bougainvillea, mandevilla, allamanda, ixora, penta, hibiscus, and others.
  • All trees and shrubs from containers.  Hardened off balled and burlapped plants also.  Always remove the burlap, extra soil and ropes from the top of the root balls.  Root flares should be exposed well above ground after planting.
  • Warm-season annual color plants: lantana, begonias, zinnia, periwinkle, cosmos, caladiums, impatiens, verbena, and others.
  • Perennials including cannas, gladiolas, summer bulbs, mums, asters and other fall perennials.
  • Ground covers including horseherb, Asian jasmine, English ivy, Persian ivy, purple wintercreeper, liriope and ophiopogan from 1 ¼” or 4” pots.
  • Hot-weather vegetables including southern peas, peppers, squash, okra, melons and other warm season crops.
  • Any and all of the herbs.

 

FERTILIZE:

  • All annual flowers and potted plants with organic fertilizers. 
  •  Spray Garrett Juice Plus and drench plant rootts with Garrett Juice Plus and Bio S.I..

PRUNE:

  • Climbing roses, after their bloom.
  • Spring-flowering shrubs, vines, and trees after they have bloomed.
  • “Pinch” away the growing tips of mums weekly.
  • Dead and misshapen growth.

 

WATER:

  • All planting areas deeply but infrequently during dry periods.
  • Potted plants regularly. Add Garrett Juice Plus or aerated compost tea every two weeks.
  • Add lava sand and composted mulch to help conserve water. 

 

PEST CONTROL

  • INSECTS:  Continue to release trichogramma wasps for pecan case bearer and troublesome caterpillars.
  • Release green lacewings and ladybugs for general control.
  • Fleas and ticks: Apply natural diatomaceous earth in dry weather and beneficial nematodes anytime.  For chiggers apply elemental sulfur at 4lbs per 1000 sq ft or less or spray with mound drench products or other plant oil products.
  • Cabbage loopers and other caterpillars: Release trichogramma wasps and as a last resort spray Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or the fire ant control formula.  Add one ounce of molasses per gallon of Bt spray.
  • Aphids on tender, new growth: strong water blast to remove.  Release ladybugs, the larvae may already be present, so check closely before spraying anything that kills.
  • Lace bugs on azaleas, sycamores: Spray garlic-pepper tea or Garrett Juice Plus with 2 ounces of orange oil.
  • Mosquitoes:  Mist or spray plant oil products and apply dry granulated garlic to site and potted plants.  Treat skin and/or clothes with diluted vanilla.
  • Brown patch or other fungal diseases: Apply whole ground cornmeal at 10-20 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. spray and/or drench soil with garlic tea.  Spray Bio Wash.
  • Bacterial and viral diseases:  Spray 3% hydrogen peroxide followed by Garrett Juice Plus with 2 ounces of orange oil per gallon of spray.
  • Weeds: Hand remove or use mechanical devices.  Spot spray with vinegar-based products.  Add 1 ounce of orange oil and 1 teaspoon of soap and 1 tablespoon molasses per gallon of vinegar.

  

ODD JOBS:

  • Mow weekly and leave clippings on the lawn.  Never catch the clippings.  They don’t belong in the compost pile unless there is a super abundance of them.
  • Turn compost pile and continue to add new ingredients.
  • Mulch all bare soil with shredded trimmings from your own property or shredded cedar.  Living mulch has become my favorite.  It contains shredded native tree trimmings and compost.
  • Don’t forget to feed and water the birds!

 

*Planting recommendations based on North Texas climate, which is zone 8. Check with your local nurseries and extension service for specific varieties and timing.

 

 


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