▪ Plant spirea. There are many varieties to choose from. I like “Goldmound.” With pink spring flowers, compact growth, disease resistance and lime green leaves during the growing season, this is a “Todd Terrific” selection. Also look at Spirea “Anthony Waterer,” “Twist of Lime” and “Canyon Creek.”
▪ Now is the time to sod or seed warm-season grasses. Warm-season grasses are varieties such as Centipede, Bermuda or Zoysia. Remember to prepare the area by removing weeds, tilling the soil and adding amendments, such as fertilizer, as needed.
▪ Add mulch to flower and shrub borders. This will reduce the number of weeds and you will have to water less often. A 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch is good. Types of mulches to use include pine straw, mini pine bark nuggets and pine bark mulch.
▪ Perk up those flowers in containers. Add liquid fertilizer to container gardens every month. Use a half-strength solution.
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▪ Begin “deadheading” summer annuals and perennials. This is the process of removing old flowers from plants. Deadheading extends the flower time by preventing seed production.
▪ Fertilize roses with a 10-10-10 slow-release fertilizer. Apply fertilizer every other month.
▪ Encore azaleas, which bloom twice a year, should be pruned immediately after they bloom.
▪ Plant warm-season vines now for a splash of upright color on mailboxes, fences, lamp posts and arbors. Good choices include mandevilla, purple sweet potato vine, purple hyacinth bean vine and blackeyed Susan vine.