Get your garden ready for summer with these gardening tips for the South from Better Homes and Gardens. For more monthly gardening tips, Pike Nurseries is also a great resource. Their website is updated monthly with lawn and garden tips.
- Add Some Color: There’s still time to plant annuals for spring and summer enjoyment. Begin planting hot weather annuals such as Zinnias and Marigolds. Now is also the perfect time to plant perennials like daylilies, coneflowers, and shasta daisies. Try climbing mandevilla or bougainvillea around your mailbox for bright flowers all summer.
- Veggies: All warm-season vegetables should be planted. Now is the time to plant tomato, pepper, okra, pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, eggplant, melon, corn, cucumber, beans, and more.
- Fertilize: Fertilize your roses, gardenias, and azaleas now and continue feeding them on schedule. Liquid fertilizers mixed from powder or condensed liquid and added to water should be applied every two weeks until late August. Even easier is a slow release fertilizer added into the soil around the plant. Try adding a little compost, too. Don’t forget your lawn, too! Zoysia and warm-season Bermuda prefer high-nitrogen fertilizers.
- Water Wisely: Mulch all your garden and flower beds well to help regulate soil temperature, retain moisture, and keep weeds at bay. May is a good time to test your sprinkler system, too. Replace any damaged heads and inspect the water delivery to be make sure it’s getting to your plants and lawn, not the pavement.
- Move Outdoors. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to move your houseplants outside for the summer. Place them in a shady area and be sure they get plenty of water. It’s also the perfect time to repot and fertilize them.