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May Landscape Checklist In The West

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Out west the gardens are beginning to come alive. Tuberous Begonias should be watered and fertilized regularly. The right plant food and sufficient water results in plants and blooms to be proud of. Watch out for earwigs which are a problem insecticide dusts the ground and foliage for best control.

Quick Carpet

For a quick carpet of color sow seed of portulaca, sometimes called rose moss. It likes full sun, is not particular as to soil and will bloom in about six weeks.

Geraniums may need repotting and fertilizing. If they have grown too large or out of shape, prune them to improve their appearance. If white flies attack the foliage, spray at once with Malathion or Neem oil.

Be Regular

Regular irrigation and careful attention to pot plants is essential from now on. Let the water soak deeply into the ground. Avoid shallow sprinkling. Water often enough to keep the soil from drying out but do not keep the ground soggy. Apply a mulch to conserve moisture. By retaining soil moisture the summer water bills will be cut appreciably.

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