• Crape myrtles while in full bloom to see full range of colors. Transport home carefully in enclosed vehicle. Plants will dry out rather quickly after planting.
• Bermuda, St. Augustine and other warm-season grasses, but water twice daily for first 15-20 days, until roots develop well.
• Heat-tolerant annual color. Water daily until they’re established, usually 10-15 days.
• Tomato transplants for the fall garden, early in month in northern half of state, by mid-month in southern half.
• Remove spent flowers, seed heads and unsightly foliage from spring- and early-summer-flowering perennials.
• Remove flower buds from coleus, caladiums, basil to keep plants growing vegetatively.
• Annual flowers; give a light shearing to encourage denser, fuller re-growth.
• Raise mower one notch for bermuda if you notice browned areas 2-3 days after mowing.
• Crape myrtles with quality high nitrogen fertilizer to promote more growth, flower production.
• Bermuda lawns with quality high-nitrogen or all-nitrogen turf food. Wait until September to fertilize St. Augustine to lessen chance of gray leaf spot disease.
• Correct iron chlorosis (yellow leaves with dark green veins, most evident on newest growth) with iron/sulfur soil additive. Keep off masonry and painted surfaces.