May was very dry. Steve Brown, meteorologist, said it was the 6th driest May on record. It’s not easy to keep plants watered and looking healthy.
Place soaker hoses in the flower beds and gardens. The 50 foot length seems to do best; 75-100 feet lose pressure and the water doesn’t come through evenly. Cover the hose with mulch to help retain the moisture. Do not place the mulch next to the stems of the shrubs and plants. The plants must have air circulation for proper growth. We have good results using newspaper spread around the plants and 2-3 inches of mulch placed on top. It keeps the weeds down and helps retain moisture. Newspaper creates humus in the soil.
Raise the blade of your mower when cutting St. Augustine grass. The longer the leaf, the more shade for the roots. Remember, lawn and shrubs need 1 inch of moisture a week.
Continue to pinch back chrysanthemums and fall asters to keep them compact. Repeat this until the first part of July. Be sure to water and fertilize properly.
If you plant coleus plants - pinch off the flowers as they begin to bloom. This will keep them bushy instead of growing tall. I let one or two of the plants bloom and go to seed to reseed next spring.
The Blanco Lavender Festival is two weeks away: June 14-15. Make plans to attend the activities. Visit some of the Lavender farms. There are all kinds of interesting things to do and see. Music, food, and booths will fill the downtown area. Wear a hat, drink lots of water, and enjoy yourself.