Pike Nurseries assistant manager, Melodie McDanal, stopped by Good Day Atlanta and discussed what you should be doing in their garden this month.
In the Garden -- Plant More Garden Color
Plant Hydrangeas and Crape Myrtles now.
They are blooming, so it is easy to see what color you are planting!
Continue planting Gladioli bulbs each week, through mid-June, for a succession of blooms.
Fresh Herbs for Cooking
Plant herbs in a sunny spot close to your kitchen door.
Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary are easy to grow and great for cooking.
Fertilize flower beds with Green Light Super Bloom (water soluble) or EB Stone Ultra Bloom (organic granular) to keep the blooms going.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
Mulch to keep weeds down and increase water retention in the garden.
For the Lawn --Water in the AM
Water your lawn in the early morning. Turf will have time to dry off before night, preventing disease.
Now is the perfect time to sod your entire yard or replace dead patches.
Keep it Green
Continue to fertilize Bermuda lawns with Pike Lawn Fertilizer
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I have a pecan tree that has a lot of small circular sacs on the leaves. What are they & will the pecans be safe to eat?
It sounds like you may have leaf gall. Galls are bumps or other odd-looking growths that occur on the stems, branches and leaves of plants. They form as a reaction to irritation caused by insects, mites and other organisms, usually from the insect laying eggs on the plant. The plant grows over the irritation, causing the growth. Each type of insect causes a uniquely-shaped growth. Most of the time, they're not harmful, but to be on the safe side, you can take a few leaf samples to your neighborhood Pike Nurseries store. The certified plant professionals can verify the problem and recommend a treatment plan if necessary.
Can I plant grass seed right now? Will it grow?
It is a little late to plant Fescue seed, but you can plant Bermuda or Centipede seed at this time of year.
Bermuda is a warm season grass. It loves hot weather and grows best when temperatures are 90-100 degrees. Thus hot weather / summer months are excellent for fast germination of Bermuda seed, provided that sufficient water is available to keep the soil moist.
Centipede grass is another warm-season grass that is moderately tolerant of shade, but grows best in full sunlight. Although Centipede may be damaged if temperatures drop below 15 degrees, it is one of the easiest types of lawn grasses to maintain. It is well-suited to the acid soils of the southeast, and it is generally more trouble-free than other grasses if watered properly. Another plus: Centipede does not like a lot of fertilizer, so you can fertilize sparingly or not at all.
Can you overwater tomato plants? How much should you water them?
Like any plant, tomatoes can be over-watered. For best results:
Water slowly and deeply: Water slowly and easily. Never rush watering tomato plants. Use a drip hose or other forms of drip irrigation to deliver water to your tomato plants slowly.
Water regularly – How often should you water tomato plants? There is no hard and fast rule. It depends on how hot it is and if the plant is actively growing. A good rule of thumb is to supply water once every 2 – 3 days at the height of summer. Water consistently. Do not let the soil dry out completely between waterings or your plants will become dehydrated and the tomatoes may split.
Water at the roots – Get the water straight to the roots. Do not water from above as this can cause diseases and pests to attack the plants. Watering tomato plants from above also encourages premature evaporation and unnecessarily wastes water.
I have two large bushes in my backyard. I do not know what they are-but in early Spring they bloomed with big, beautiful pink and white flowers (as you can see in the first photo). But the first time it rained, the flowers all went away (seen in second photo) and have never come back. Do you know what these bushes are, and what can I do to bring the flowers back?
The plants in your photos are Azaleas. They are a very popular ornamental shrub in the southeast with bloom times ranging from early spring to midsummer. Regretfully, they bloom only one time per year.
Your azaleas look very healthy so they must be planted in the right location. As a general rule, they prefer partially shaded areas with protection from the afternoon sun.
Now that they have finished blooming, you can apply a fertilizer formulated for Azaleas and Camellias to them to help them recover from their bloom production. Be sure to read and follow all package instructions. You may also prune them now if desired. Do not prune after July 1, however – azaleas set their flower buds for the next spring season in July, and if you prune after July 1, you may cut off next spring's blooms.