Monthly Garden Tips



 
 
Yantis Lakeside Gardens

Living and Gardening in the

Beautiful Texas Hill Country

 
Monthly Garden Tips from Sheryl's Garden

Photographs by Robert and Sheryl Yantis     


May is warm and your blue plumbago should be in full bloom.  Blue plumbago is a great plant  that can grow in sunny spots and can also tolerate some shade.
   
It is time to plant you summer annuals such as Vinca and Zinnias and Cosmos.
 
It is also the time to finish planting your heat loving vegetables including okra, squash, peppers, and watermelon.  
If you planted garlic or onions last winter keep an eye on them and pinch off any blossoms.  Pinching the blossoms will yield bigger bulbs and they will be ready to dig up when the tops start to turn brown.
  
It is starting to get hot so unless you take special care of them all summer, May is your last chance to plant roses, shrubs and perennials.
  
 Mulch, Mulch, Mulch.  Put about eight layers of black and white newspaper covered by a 3 inch layer of mulch on your garden to help your plants beat the heat, conserve water and discourage weeds.




June is the time to enjoy all your purple coneflowers. They should bloom most of summer. 

It is also time to feed your roses, vegetables and flowers. They all need a little nitrogen to grow and bloom. 

We need to build up our soil so it can feed our plants. Try applying a layer of compost and then three inches of mulch.

We can promote deeper roots by cutting our lawns higher. Remember to only cut off one third of the height of your grass at each cutting. Cut your Bermuda grass at about an inch and a half, buffalo grass and St Augustine at two and a half inches, and zoysia at one inch. Healthy deep roots can also be encouraged by watering deeper and less often.


 








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