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Planter's Almanac: Pull weeds before it's too late

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 09:38 PM

May's rains brought June blooms - and weeds. If you haven't started pulling them, time to get out there before they're out of control.

Here's what else you can do to keep your garden in great shape.

What to do this month

Control scale insects and mites: Plants suffering chronic scale problems should be sprayed. Watch for spider mite infestations during dry, warm weather. Spray promptly with a miticide or insecticidal soap and/or wash the underside of leaves frequently with water.

Scale, crawlers and mites can be controlled with a homemade solution of 21/2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent and 21/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil added to 1 gallon of water.

Fertilize citrus trees: Young trees (to 3 years old) should be fertilized every four to six weeks from February to October. Do not use a fertilizer with an analysis higher than 8-8-8. Apply 1 pound of fertilizer per year of tree age per application.

What to plant this week

Early June tends to be very hot and dry. Annuals that can take it include celosia, coleus, exacum, hollyhocks (for Florida), impatiens, marigolds, kalanchoe, Nicotiana, ornamental pepper.

Perennials include African iris, Aztec lily, begonia, butterfly lily, Crinum, Gladiolus, society garlic, walking iris

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