WHAT TO PLANT
Annuals/Bedding plants: Plants that can take summer heat include coleus, salvia, torenia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper.
Bulbs: Some lilies do better when their roots are crowded. Try planting Amazon, Aztec, and Clivia lilies in containers to increase blooming.
Herbs: Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon, ginger, cumin, summer savory, and rosemary.
Vegetables: Sweet potatoes, boniato, hot peppers, and tropical “spinach” such as Sisso, Malabar, and New Zealand can be planted now.
WHAT TO DO
Pests: Watch for thrips, scale, and mites on ornamental plants because they become more active in warm weather.
Gardenias and ixora: Distinguish between the normal yellowing of older leaves and the yellowing of new growth, which usually indicates a micronutrient deficiency.
Oleanders: Inspect chewed or ragged leaves for oleander caterpillars at work.
Lawns: Watch for damage from chinch bugs in St. Augustine grass and begin scouting for newly hatched mole crickets in bahia grass lawns.
Tomatoes: Watch for pests, disease, and nutritional disorders on tomato plants.
Trees: Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak branches and prune if needed. Hire an ISA-certified arborist.
Lawns: Prevent or minimize disease by following proper cultural practices when caring for lawns.
What to Do Every Month
• Adjust irrigation based on rainfall
• Deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms
• Monitor the garden for insects and disease
• Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials and water until established
• Mow lawns at recommended heights:
St. Augustine & Bahia: 3-4”
Dwarf St. Augustine: 2.5”
* Information courtesy of the University of Florida IFAS Extension: www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep452