Things to do in May: Cut back Spring blooming plants that have finished flowering. If you plan to install a new lawn, this is a good time. Use sod or seed.
Delmar is a good St. Augustine grass; it handles shade better than the other varieties and it resists fungus. Bermuda and Buffalo grass are excellent for sunny spots. Zoysia is very good if you aren’t going to have heavy foot traffic.
When you install sod, don’t fertilize it when it is planted. The growers fertilize it before it is cut and removed for hauling. It must be kept wet until the roots have made contact. It is very important to use a roller (you can usually rent them) to make sure the soil and roots are making contact. If you are planting seed, it must be kept wet until it germinates. Sometimes you will need to water twice a day.
Mowing regularly is very important to keep down the weeds and it will help to thicken the grass. Fertilize after you have mowed the grass two times. Set your mower blade higher and remove 1/3 of the blade each time you mow. This will protect the roots from burning in the Texas sun. Regular watering and feeding are most important. Water deeper and less frequently; light watering wastes water and promotes turf disease.
Apply another fruit spray to peach and plum trees.
Insects are plentiful this Spring. Try Nolo bait for grasshoppers and Sluggo Plus for all crawling insects, like snails, slugs, pill bugs and other insects that crawl over plants. Spider mites are on many plants already and the hot weather has only started. A good mixture to use on food plants is two tablespoons seaweed and one tablespoon dry molasses in one gallon of water. Mix and spray every two weeks. Safer Soap is a good product to use on house plants and gardens. Be sure to wear gloves because some people are allergic to the soap. It causes my hands to swell and itch. Wearing a mask and gloves are a good precaution any time you are working with chemicals.
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