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Gardening Tips for the Southeast Region for May

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Make another planting of warm-weather vegetables such as beans, corn, squash, eggplant, tomato, and peppers. Southern favorites include okra, southern peas, and sweet potatoes.

Make sure that crops have plenty of mulch during dry spells.

Remove suckers from your tomato plants. Be sure that the plants are tied up on stakes or trellises and vines are not on the ground.

Continue to plant heat-loving herbs, including bail, oregano, sage, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.

Watch out for insects devouring your plants, especially tomatoes. See Almanac.com/Gardening for our Pest pages to control them as early as possible.

Water early in the morning and deeply, avoiding leaves.

Fertilize your annual and perennial flower beds.

Remove any dead flowers from your plants to encourage new growth.

Plant annuals that can take the summer heat, such as angelonia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper.

Plant bulbs for a summer of color, including early- to late-blooming varieties of daylilies.

Bring your houseplants outdoors to help rejuvenate them. Check them for any diseases or insects.

Newly planted shrubs require special attention. Be sure to keep them well watered and mulch around them if you have not already done so.

Keep your lawn healthy by watering, fertilizing with control-released nitrogen, and mowing regularly to prevent pests.

For healthy grass, avoid weed and feed products. Only apply herbicides to areas with weed infestations.

Watch out for lawn insects and use control measures. See your local lawn care center.

Mow your lawn at recommended heights (St. Augustine and Bahia: 3 to 4 inches; Centipede: 1.5 to 2 inches; Dwarf St. Augustine: 2.5 inches).

Finish pruning spring-flowering trees and shrubs after they bloom. Lightly prune azaleas.

Get ready for hurricane season. Check your trees for damaged or weak branches and prune as needed. Consult a professional.

Mulch between the rows in your garden to help control soil temperature and retain moisture.

Be sure to check your plants for any diseases or insects; treat them when necessary.