What To Do This Month
Fertilize lawn and trees: Buy fertilizer with slow- or timed-release nitrogen. To determine the correct amount to apply, divide 100 by the first number on the fertilizer bag (nitrogen). Apply this amount per 1,000 square feet of lawn and landscape area.
For instance, if the nitrogen is 10, you need 10 pounds of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet. Broadcast the fertilizer over the soil or mulch, then water.
Watch new growth for aphid infestation: Aphids feed on the undersides of new, tender leaves, causing curling and distortions. For a green and effective pesticide, mix 2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap (do not use those containing a degreaser, and use a third less for concentrated soaps) in 1 gallon of water.
Alternatively, use forceful sprays of water to dislodge aphids.
Fertilize shrubs: A good lawn fertilizer such as 12-4-8 or 15-5-15 is usually adequate. Shop for a product with 30 percent to 50 percent of the nitrogen in a water-insoluble or slow-release form.
What To Plant This Week
Annuals: ageratum, alyssum, arctotis, asters, baby's breath, balsam, begonia, bracteantha (strawflower), browallia, calendula, California poppy, carnation, diascia, dianthus, dusty miller, foxglove, gaillardia, geranium, lobelia, marguerite daisy, nemesia, ornamental cabbage or kale, osteospermum, pansy, petunia, snapdragon, sunflower, sweet pea, vinca, viola
Vegetables: beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, endive, green onions, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, English peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon