It’s time for the hummingbirds and Purple Martins, so it’s time to fill the feeders and clean the Martin houses. I checked last years calendar and we saw the first hummingbird on April 1. The Purple Martin scouts are already here.
To plan your spring and summer landscape choose a color scheme, then mass your colors, put colors where it will be most effective. Choose plants that are colorful for the longest time with the least effort.
The best choices for flowers for the sun are; trailing lantana, moss rose, purslane, penta, Dahlberg Daisy, cosmos, zinnia, marigold, clome, celosia, firebush, copper plant, and there are other choices.
For shade, some of the best are; Caladium, coleus, begonias, impatiens, and nicotina. Do not forget about the tropicals, plus perennials that can be used.
Warm season vegetable crops to plant are; tomatoes, beans, peppers, squash, cucumbers, corn and melons. Keep row coverings near by in case of a cold spell.
If you need to replace a portion or all of your lawn, sod may be put down anytime. St. Augustine, Bermuda or Zoysia may be used. Once the sod is installed it should be rolled. A roller can be rented or borrowed. The barrel is filled with water and is pulled over the sod. This is to eliminate the air pockets and the roots will become attached. It [the sod] must remain damp until it begins to grow. It takes about 4 to 5 weeks. If the roots dry out the grass will die in spots. Wait to fertilize the new grass until it begins to grow. Don’t use a heavy application.
It’s time to fertilize your entire landscape. Use the same fertilizer for lawn, trees, and shrubs. Organic fertilizer doesn’t burn the plants as quickly as chemical fertilizer, which means you don’t have to water immediately if using organics.