William "Bill" Doty

Lawn care tops gardening ‘to-do’ list

June is a good month to plant new lawns and patch up old ones. During the rainy season, you can use Palmetto plugs to fill those empty spots. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

Mole crickets, one of our worst lawn pests, hatch in May, making June the best month of the year to treat your Bahia lawn. As you focus on your lawn, you can use sprays, baits, and granular controls. Remember to water heavily before you apply them, and watch for chinch bugs, caterpillars, and other insects.

You’ll also want to give that all-important second feeding to azaleas, camellias, ixoras, and gardenias. Be sure you use an acid-forming fertilizer heavy in essential minor elements. It’s also good for crape myrtle, crotons, dogwood, blue hydrangeas, magnolias, American holly, and podocarpus. Don’t forget to prune those azaleas!

You can treat scale insects, spider mites, and white flies — which peak during the summer — with Malathion or Acephate. You also will need to continue feeding annuals and vegetables.

As you honor Dad for Father’s Day this month, why not help him with his lawn and garden needs? Help him knock out the to-do list this month, and if you have any questions, you can stop by Doty Farm and Garden Supply in Winter Haven.


column by WILLIAM R. (BILL) DOTY

BIO: William R. (Bill) Doty, is the owner of Doty Farm and Garden Supply Inc. Founded in 1954, Doty Farm and Garden Supply has been there for every one of its loyal customer’s budding needs. Bill graduated from Winter Haven High School and then Florida State University. Having learned invaluable lessons in listening, asking questions, and reading anything related to the family business, he shares his knowledge with his customers daily and our readers each month. [/emember_protected]

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