May is here – summer holidays and the end of the school year are approaching.
But there are still things that can be done to improve your garden for summer.
In this video, Toby Buckland shares his top three tips about what to tackle in the garden in May.
Keep the following items in mind to be more successful in your summer gardening efforts.
- Control thrips, aphids and spider mites on roses.
- When watering this summer, water the soil area thoroughly. Light, overhead sprinkling is not the best way to water. Ideally, landscapes perform best with 1 inch of rainfall or irrigation weekly.
- Continue to plant warm-season bedding plants.
- You can still plant Lantanas as they thrive in hot summers. Watch for lace bugs on Lantanas. If your established plants aren’t performing well, prune and fertilize. Lantanas do best in full sun and need little to no irrigation.
Lantana is easy to grow and it loves HOT and SUNNY weather. Keep it a little dry and do NOT over feed – less plant food equals more flowers. Good in baskets and landscapes, and great for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies!
- Plant sunflowers during late summer for autumn flower arrangements. It usually requires about 60 to 80 days from sowing seed until first flower colour.
- Prune Azaleas, Hydrangeas and Gardenias immediately after flowering – but only if they are becoming straggly. Pruning after early to midsummer may remove next season’s developing flower buds. Camellias and azaleas need care to set a good crop of flower buds for next year. If plants lack vigour, fertilize, provide moisture and control pests. Remember that these acid-loving plants may have problems if soils are too alkaline.
- Cut faded flowers from flowering annuals and perennials to encourage new growth and flowers. Old blooms and seed heads left on the plants can slow down continued flower production.