Lower South

April, 2004
Regional Report

Try Some Hanging Baskets This Summer

Start a few warm-weather hanging baskets this month. They really help decorate a porch or patio with greenery and color. A few of the many plants suitable for hanging baskets are trailing types of petunias, portulaca, ivy, geraniums, bougainvillea, English ivy, begonias, ferns, and impatiens.

Bag Those Weed Seeds

It is usually best to recycle clippings back into the turf when you mow. However if you have a stand of winter weeds that have gone to seed, bag them up when you mow and throw them away. That way you won\'t be scattering seeds for next year.

Plant Warm-Season Bedding Plants

Now is a good time to set out transplants of warm-season bedding plants for early color in the landscape. Some great choices include: ageratums, cockscomb, coreopsis, cosmos, cleome, marigolds, nasturtiums, petunias, phlox, portulaca, salvia, sweet alyssum, sunflowers, and zinnias.

Choose Caladiums Early

Caladiums provide great summer color for shady southern areas. They come in many shades of white, pink, red, and green, brightening otherwise drab, shady areas. For best selection, purchase caladium tubers now for planting in late April and early May when the soil temperature has reached at least 70 degrees F.

Gradually Move Houseplants Outdoors

Start acclimating houseplants that live outdoors during the summer to their new environment. Begin by moving them out to a very shady location for a few hours a day. Remember, the shadiest outdoor location is probably much brighter than the brightest indoor location.

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