INSTALL A BAHIA GRASS LAWN
Argentine Bahia grass is good for lawns without sprinklers. It won’t mind skipped waterings. The turf does turn brown during the drier months when left without water, but it grows back when the rains return.
It produces fewer seedheads and retains a good color.
It is a little more expensive but it takes minimal care.
It is the most pest-free of the lawn grasses.
CARE FOR SHRUBS
Continue to do needed hedge pruning during the summer months. The general rule is to allow the new shoots to grow 6 or more inches long, then do the shearing. Cut them back to within an inch or two of the previous cuts. This allows the hedge to grow a little each time it is trimmed.
CARE FOR YOUR NEW TREES AND PALMS
Continue to remove the old seedheads from crape myrtle trees throughout this month to encourage additional blooms.
Remove old fronds and seed stalks from palms.
Remove shoots on new trees that may be competing with the central leader.
Trim back limbs that are out-of-bounds and ruining the shape of the tree.
Look for diseased or damaged limbs that should be removed.
Do not apply paints or would coverings to pruning wounds. Let them heal naturally.
WE ARE IN THE “RESTRICTED SEASON” FOR FERTILIZING
NO FERTILIZING containing Nitrogen or Phosphorus may be applied from June 1st to September 30th to turf or landscape plants. Additionally, there is now a limit as to how much Nitrogen can be applied per year. This limit is now no more than 4 pounds of actual Nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year total.