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Deadheading Your Plants
The Landscape Garden Club
Plant Exchange & Door Prize
Summertime Tips for Your Garden
By Nancy King
WHAT TO PLANT:
Plants that can take summer heat include salvia, torenia, wax begonia,
ornamental pepper, celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus.
Some lilies do better when their roots are crowded. Try planting Amazon,
Aztec, and Clivia lilies in containers to increase blooming
Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon
and rosemary. Pinch back regularly to prevent flowering and enhance
Southern favorites to plant now are okra, southern peas, sweet
potato, and Malabar spinach. It is too late to plant tomatoes.
WHAT TO DO:
Watch for thrips, scale, and mites on ornamental plants because they
become more active in warm weather.
Distinguish between the normal yellowing of older leaves and the
yellowing of new growth, which usually indicates a micronutrient
Inspect chewed or ragged leaves for oleander caterpillars at work. Hand
pick, if possible.
Watch for damage from chinch bugs in St. Augustine grass and begin
scouting for newly hatched mole crickets in bahia grass lawns. Do not
mistake irrigation problems with a pest infestation.
Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak
branches and pruning, if needed.
Lightly prune summer-flowering shrubs, like hibiscus, oleander, and
crapemyrtle, during the warmer months because they bloom on new growth.
Azaleas can still be pruned until the middle of next month without
harming next spring's buds.
DEADHEADING Your Plants
"dog days", full of hot temperatures punctuated with intermittent rain,
gardeners can lose the motivation to get out there and get things done. One
task, deadheading, can make a huge difference in the appearance of your
landscape without a whole lot of effort.
act of deadheading is the removal of individual blooms or flowering stalks that
are past their prime. Once proper deadheading is performed, new growth will
emerge from the trimmed area. Oftentimes, this new growth is another single
flower or flower cluster.
The Landscape Garden Club
The Villages Landscape Garden Club meets
of every month, September through May. The next meeting is:
Monday, September 16th
2:30 — 3:30 p.m.
Laurel Manor Recreation Center
This will be the first meeting for the Landscape Club since May.
Exchange & Door Prize
We will be doing a
plant exchange table
at this meeting. Bring plants to share with other members.
a small note to the plant or container to identify the plants. Come join us
for our meeting in September, which will be
Monday, September 16th.
For questions or information call Kyle at 352-751-1324.
Have a great summer!