Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

July, 2006
Regional Report

Protect Seedlings From Drying Sun and Wind

The lighter-weight row cover fabrics can protect seedlings until they are up and large enough to make it on their own. These covers also help retain soil moisture, reduce desiccation from the wind and sun, and aid young seedlings in getting off to a good start.

Prevent Late-Season Outbreaks of Scale

Watch for scale infestations on ornamental trees and shrubs as well as fruit trees. These insects can build up over the summer if left unchecked. Summer oil sprays directed to the patches of scale insects will help keep them under control.

Water Wisely

Keep plants well watered to help them cope with the heat. Infrequent soakings are better than light, frequent sprinklings. Brief, frequent watering barely wets the surface of the soil and promotes disease problems. Give the soil a good soaking and then allow it to dry out for a while before watering again. This encourages a deep, extensive root system and helps build drought-resistant plants.

Keep Bedding Plants in Bloom

Fertilize flowering annual and perennial flowers every four to six weeks and maintain adequate soil moisture to keep them vigorous and blooming up a storm! They expend lots of energy producing blooms and need good nutrition to keep up the good work. A 3-1-2 ratio product will provide the needed boost in vigor.

Don't Bag Those Grass Clippings

Think of your mulching mower as a free fertilizer spreader! Grass clippings mulch the soil surface and slowly decompose to feed your lawn. They contain about a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, respectively, and are nature's own slow-release fertilizer.


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