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Lantana

Don’t forget about your plants if you are planning a vacation this summer. Install a timer on your drip system. Here is a tip from the Texas Gardener: If your plants are in containers, set the containers in a shallow kiddie pool with a few inches of water. Place mosquito dunks in the water to prevent mosquitos. Another suggestion is to use a plant nanny in your pots and in the ground.

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Web Caterpillars


These insect pests produce a web that envelopes leaves near the tips of the branches. They prefer mulberry and pecan, however, webworms will feed on a wide variety of other landscape trees ( Oak) and shrubs.
These pests can be controlled with organic insecticides such as Dipel, Bio-worm Killer or other organic spray products containing Bacillus thuringiensis. B.t. The caterpillars eat it, become sick almost immediately, stop feeding and then die within a few days.

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Portulaca / Purslane

Summer is just around the corner, and we have the perfect plants to brighten up your garden! With the weather heating up, make sure to check out our tips for gardening this month.

Vegetables & Herbs – Mornings are still a great time to be out in the garden…..late afternoons shortly before dark are also a tolerable time to be out. Check the mulch throughout the garden and replenish any areas where it is getting too thin. Mulch reduces evaporative loss of water from the soil, moderates soil temperatures, and deters weed seeds. Continue to fertilize tomatoes and peppers to promote higher yields and stronger plants. Bird netting is an option to help protect the fruits of your labor! Spider mites can be controlled with water or soap spray and caterpillars can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Perennials & Annuals –  Some dependable color options for summer include a variety of salvias, zinnias, purslane, vinca, portulaca, lantana, esperanzas, plumbagos and cupheas. If you are watering your plants with an overhead sprinkler, you may be seeing an increase in diseases of the foliage. Drip irrigation is a better way to go and can help minimize leaf wetness. There are disease-control products on the market. We can provide help in identifying pests and diseases, and in deciding on an appropriate, effective control option.

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Passion Vine

The temperatures are starting to warm up, and so are our crops! Now’s the perfect time to start planting some summer crops for the next season.

Vegetables & Herbs – Warm-season crops are in their prime this month. One mistake new gardeners make is to not harvest vegetables at their peak quality. Left on the plant too long, many will decline in quality.

  • Eggplant can become tough and bitter; green beans stringy and less tasty;
  • Squash and cucumbers become too mature with tough skin and large tough seeds.
  • If you have mockingbirds, squirrels, and other raiders, it may be wise to pick your tomatoes early and allow them to ripen on the kitchen counter.

Fertilize growing crops with a natural, organic fertilizer that not only promotes healthy plant growth but is also good for your soil.

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