Tree and lawn care tips for May

Most backyard citrus trees suffer from starvation or scale. Don’t let it happen to yours! May is the time to feed and spray your citrus. In fact, May is the time to feed all your fruit and shade trees, as well as woody landscape plants. Utilize Ferti-lome’s Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food on these types of trees and Ferti-lome’s Tree and Shrub fertilizer on shade trees and non-blooming shrubbery. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

It’s also important to renovate your sod, plug or seed lawns. Bahia lawns can be power raked, if you have not done it already. Check all lawns — and plants, for that matter — for spider mites, diseases, and lack of fertilizer and minor elements. Control mites with Triple Action; mole crickets in Bahia grass should be treated with Turf Ranger or Bifenthrin, available in sprays or granules. Your St. Augustine grass needs to be treated for chinch bugs because warmer weather has shortened their gestation period.

Here are more tips for your garden this month:

• Continue to plant annuals — for a colorful show in the garden and for cut flowers.

• If you want summer vegetables, you can plant okra, cowpeas, collards, mustard, cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplant.

• Propagate through air-layering and replace plants damaged by the cold.

• Spray mud dauber nesting areas with Demon, 38 Plus or Baygon now and in August.

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column by BILL DOTY

BIO: William R. (Bill) Doty, is the owner of Doty’s Farm and Garden Supply Inc. Founded in 1954, Doty Farm and Garden Supply, Inc. 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.
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