Tips courtesy of Alabama Cooperative Extension System; for more information, see www.aces.edu.
Fruits and Nuts
- Season for strawberry planting continues.
- Start spray program for all fruits.
- Plant raspberries and blackberries and continue budding apples and peaches.
- Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering.
- Fertilize azaleas and camellias.
- When new growth is half completed, spray all shrubs with a fungicide.
- Planting continues.
- New lawns may need supplementary watering.
- Also, fertilize at 3- to 6-week intervals.
- Keep ryegrass cut low, particularly if over planted on bermuda lawns.
- Watch for insects and diseases
- Keep old flower heads removed
- Plant container-grown plants from nurseries or garden centers.
Annuals and Perennials
- Plant early started annuals or bedding plants from nurseries or garden centers.
- Divide mums or root cuttings.
- Dig and divide dahlias.
- Plant gladiolus, fancy-leaved caladiums, milk and wine lilies, and ginger and gloriosa lilies.
- Feed bearded iris with superphosphate and spray for borers.
- Avoid cutting foliage of narcissus or other bulbs until it has turned brown naturally.
- Spray camellias, hollies, etc., for scale insects.
- Carefully water new plantings of shrubs and trees.
- Pinching out tips of new shoots promotes more compact shrubs.
- Plant tender vegetables such as beans, corn, squash, melons, and cucumbers.
- Plant heat-loving vegetables in lower South Alabama.
- Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, sweet potatoes, and parsley.