• Heat-tolerant color in sun and shade. Include lantanas, cosmos, purple fountain
Grass, Dahlberg daisy, melampodium, zinnias, coleus, begonias, caladiums,
cleome, celosia, hibiscus, pentas, copper plant, firebush, moss rose,
Perennials from 6 in. and 1 gallon pots
• New lawns from sod, seed, plugs or by hydromulching.
• Heat-tolerant vegetables early in month: southern peas, sweet potatoes
(sandy soils only), okra.
• Herbs into landscape and vegetable garden
• Mow lawn on regular intervals to encourage low, dense growth.
• Remove low hanging branches from trees if excessive shade is threatening
your lawn grass.
• Spring blooming shrubs and vines by early May to restore good form and encourage
regrowth this season.
• Thin peach and plum fruit so that they will be 5 or 6 inches apart on the
branches. Heavy fruit crops will lead to very small fruit size and poor quality.
• Pinch growing tips from copper plants, coleus, fall asters, Mexican bush sage
and other plants that tend to grown tall and lanky.
• Remove flower buds from coleus, caladiums, lamb’s ear, santolina and dusty
miller. When these plants bloom, new growth stops.
• Turf, landscape plants with quality, high nitrogen lawn fertilizer. Follow feeding
with deep watering. Use same high nitrogen fertilizer for flowers, vegetables
unless soil test suggests otherwise.
• Use iron additive along with sulfur soil acidifier to correct iron chlorosis in alkaline
soils. Iron deficiency shows up as yellowed leaves with dark green veins, most prominent on the newest growth first.