Thin Fruit Trees
If you are fortunate enough to have fruit trees that made it through any spring frosts and have set fruit, now is a good time to start thinning the fruit. Remove all but one apple or pear per bloom cluster. Thin plums to every 4 inches along the branch and peaches/nectarines to every 6 inches. Don't thin persimmons as they will thin themselves.
Provide Camellias Spring Care
Give all types of camellias a boost by fertilizing with a product for acid-loving plants. Cottonseed meal or a product designed for acid-loving plants is a good choice. Any pruning that needs to be done should be completed soon so the plants have plenty of time to grow and set buds for next year. Apply a few inches of mulch around the roots to hold moisture and deter weeds.
Plant Warm-Season Vegetables
The average last frost date has passed in most of the Lower south and so the warm-season vegetable garden is in full swing. Tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumbers, and Swiss chard can all go in these next few weeks. Then follow a couple of weeks later with peppers and eggplant.
Get Mower in Top Condition
Mowing season is about to be upon us. This is a good time to have your mower tuned up by a good small engine repair shop. The blade should be sharpened for easier operation and a cleaner cut. Replace plugs and check filters. If your mower is not a mulching model inquire as to what accessories may be available to convert it over.
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 ageratum, cockscomb, coreopsis, cosmos, cleome, marigold, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, sweet alyssum, sunflower, and zinnia.