Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern Coasts

June, 2001
Regional Report

Mow and Water Lawns

As night temperatures hover in the 70oFs, cool-season lawns will stop growing, while warm-season grasses will grow rapidly. Now is the time to raise your mowing height one notch. Then walk across your lawn and look back. If you can see footprints behind you, increase watering.

Control Slugs

Due to our rainy weather, I've seen more slugs on the move. The best controls include spreading diatomaceous earth, or a product containing iron phosphate, around plants. Also, attach copper strips on containers or raised beds to create a barrier for slugs.

Control Dollar Weed

Instead of fighting every weed, I like to work with nature. The round-leaved dollar weed is notorious in many gardens in our area. It thrives in cultivated soil, so I leave it where I need a pretty groundcover and pull up the rest and compost it.

Pinch Fall Perennials

Give fall perennials like 'County Girl' chrysanthemum, Joe Pye weed, aster, and perennial sunflower one more pinch to reduce their height before the Fourth of July. They'll grow more compact and produce more flowers if pinched now. Fertilize with compost, cottonseed meal, or a balanced granular flower formula and water well.

Stop Stinkbugs

If tomatoes never fully ripen, take a close look at the skin. If there are tiny specks of yellow in the red, it\'s likely your tomatoes have stinkbugs. Stinkbugs attack ripening tomatoes by sucking the plant juices, leaving those yellow spots. To control them, spray pyrethrin on plants.


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