May 8th, 2010
Get new ideas for summertime color with Christine and Bill Reid from Reid's Nursery. Trisha Shirey identifies lady bug life cycles.
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Tips of the Week
Watch for aphids, since they will be more active. Many beneficial insects, including the larvae of green lacewings and lady bugs dine on them, so leave a few for them to eat. Then you'll have the beneficials around to deal with other insect pests.
Also check for blackspot on your roses and spray those that are prone every 7 to 10 days.
Prune off brown bulb foliage.
You can start pruning spring-flowering shrubs and roses.
Trim back asters and other perennials that have flushed out, to keep them compact and reduce sprawling as time goes on.
Fertilize the lawn and flower beds.
Remember to keep your trees watered if rain continues to elude us. It's especially important to watch the moisture level on shrubs and trees you planted this spring. Water slow & deep, not just a top sprinkling. Then let them dry out. You don't want to overwater them, either.
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Question of the Week
Leaves are turning yellow on my plants. What do they need?
Sue Ford Fredericksburg, TX
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