Southern Coasts

May, 2001
Regional Report

Plant Trees Late

You can still plant trees and shrubs in our region, but it's getting risky with the hot weather building. To insure that they survive a move, dig a wider and deeper hole, and water before and after planting. Don't let the soil dry out, and mulch around the tree or shrub with an organic mulch such as shredded bark.

Divide Spring Perennials

The first perennials of the spring, such as iris are finished blooming. Now is the time to dig and divide them. Divide any perennials that didn\'t bloom well due to overcrowding. Lift new offset plants away from their mother plants and replant where the clump is dying out, or make a new bed with these babies.

Control Daylily Disease

Daylily (Hemerocallis) is blooming strong in many gardens right now. These carefree perennials do have some disease problems. Orange dots or streaks on the leaves is a sign of fungal disease and those leaves ought to be cut and destroyed. No other controls should be necessary.

Lay Down Weed Barrier Cloth

When planting annual flowers or vegetables, consider adding a layer of weed barrier cloth first to give your plants a headstart on the advancing weeds. Place the cloth on the bed and poke holes in the areas you want to plant. The woven cloth lasts for years, lets air and water in, but stops weeds from germinating and sprouting.

Prevent Allergies

Have allergies got you itching your eyes and sneezing? There\'s a way to minimize the amount of pollen in the air around your yard. This year, watch what\'s blooming when you\'re suffering the most. Certain flowers, such as privet, may be causing most of the irritation. Next year cut these flowers off before they open, or remove the shrub in question.

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