Warm season grasses. Use plugs, seed, or sprig. It is also a good time to seed tall prairie
grasses such as bluestem, Indiangrass or gramma
The weather is warming enough to begin planting
your tropical beds or moving them outside.
Trees and shrubs that have been grown or kept in
containers. See our article on
transplanting trees for more information
Warm season annuals
Hot weather vegetables
Begin fertilizing your potted plants and annuals
with a good organic fertilizer. Spray
with compost tea every two weeks. Drenching
root zones is also a good idea. Fortify
your compost Texas with liquid fish for added value.
Climbing roses immediately after they bloom
Spring flowering vines and shrubs after they
Pinch back mums weekly
Any dead or misshapen growth. Pay particular attention to your roses. If they appear strange, check out Rose Rosette
Turf – Water as needed.
Water potted plants and landscape plants as
needed. As temperatures warm, potted
plants need more water.
Pests and Diseases
Continue to release beneficial insects such as Trichogramma
wasps, lacewings, and ladybugs to aid insect control in your garden.
If fleas and ticks begin to appear, apply
diatomaceous earth in dry weather and beneficial nematodes anytime. Control chiggers with elemental sulfur at
about four pounds per thousand square feet.
Watch for caterpillars and loopers. Trichogramma wasps can help or spray bacillus thuringiensus (Bt) to help with
controlling these. Remember that you may
also be attacking the caterpillars the produce the beautiful butterflies like
the monarch and swallowtail so be careful.
Aphids will begin to appear. Waterblast your plants and release ladybugs
Lacebugs may appear on azaleas or
sycamores. Spray garlic pepper tea or
horticultural oil as a control.
Mosquitoes, especially with all the rain, will
start to appear. Mist or spray plants
with horticultural oil products; add
granulated garlic to pepper potted plants and under bushes where mosquitoes are
known to congregate.
Brown patch or other fungal diseases may begin
to show up after our wet month. Whole
ground cornmeal applies at ten to twenty pounds per thousand square feet will
help turf grass with these diseases.
Bacterial and viral diseases can be controlled
by spraying a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution added to your compost tea or just
As late spring weeds and weedy grasses appear,
remove them by hand. Spot spray with a
10% vinegar solution (see our article on vinegar) For more vigorous control add an ounce of
orange oil to the vinegar solution.
Mow as needed.
Raise your mower as grass thickens.
Leave the clipping to feed the soil.
Turn your compost pile
Mulch any bare soil in your landscape
Feed and water the birds
Till your soil
Scalp your yard
Spray any synthetic man-made pesticide, herbicides
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Dennis and Penny Howard have been gardening almost as long as they have been married. Both retired, Dennis from a career as a professional firefighter and Penny as a school teacher and early childhood intervention specialist, now spend their time in the garden and greenhouse, trying to keep up with their three active grandsons, and traveling. Both are active with their local Texas Master Gardeners Association