It's hot out there! Move container plants beneath trees on hot days, and consider summer heat waves before planting new flower beds.
Both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties restrict the use of fertilizers containing Nitrogen and Phosphate from June 1 through September 30. This protects the water quality in our creeks, lakes and marine water that receive runoff from the storm water system. The counties suggest using iron, manganese and magnesium to help keep your lawn green.
WHAT TO PLANT
Annuals/Bedding Plants: Annuals that can take full sun during the increasingly hot summer months include celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus.
Palms: Summer’s warm, rainy months are the perfect time to plant palms. Make sure not to cover the trunk with soil
Herbs: Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, ginger, summer savory, cumin, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.
Vegetables: Plant tropical vegetables, such as boniato, calabaza, and chayote this month.
WHAT TO DO
Pests: Monitor the landscape and garden weekly for harmful insects. Knowing which insects attack a plant can aid in identification and treatment.
Irrigation: Watch for drought stress and water as needed if rainfall has been spotty. Focus on new plantings and follow watering restrictions. When rains begin, shut down the irrigation system.
Propagation: Produce more plants by air layering, grafting, division, or cuttings.
Palms and Cycads: Watch for nutrient deficiencies or other problems and use an appropriate treatment.
Pruning: Lightly prune summer-flowering shrubs, like hibiscus, oleander, and ixora, during the warmer months to increase blooming.
Lawns: Check frequently for damaged areas and keep insects in check with early treatment. Determine whether yellow and brown lawn patches are caused by chinch bugs, disease, or lack of water. Take time to determine the cause so your remedy is effective. Rejuvenate areas where grass does not grow well by replacing it with versatile groundcovers. Summer rains usually begin this month as do lawn fertilizer restrictions in some areas of the state. Check with your municipality to see if this applies to your area.
Soil Solarization: Clean up your vegetable garden and solarize the soil for 4–6 weeks to kill pests and disease.
Lightning safety: Be safe outdoors during storm season.
* Information courtesy of the University of Florida IFAS Extension: www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep452