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12 Months of Tips

by Nate on February 27, 2011

12 Month tips

JANUARY:

PLANT WATER
Fruit and pecan trees.

  • Balled-and-burlapped or containerized trees, shrubs,and vines.
  • Cold-hardy color: dianthus, pansies, flowering kale, and cabbage (if the weather is mild).
  • Once a week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZING / WEED CONTROL PEST CONTROL
  • Post emergent
  • Spray Weeds
  • Pre emergent
  • Fire Ants
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Shade trees and summer flowering trees. Remove dead and damaged limbs.
  • Summer-flowering trees including crepe myrtles (remove no twigs larger than a pencil in diameter), abelias, altheas.
  • Evergreen shrubs.
  • Leaf Cleanup
  • Weed beds
  • Aerate
  • Mulch
  • Sprinkler Check

FEBRUARY:

PLANT WATER
  • Petunias, pansies, pinks, snapdragons, alyssum, calendulas, glads, cannas, and daylilies.
  • 1-2 times a week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Pre emergent
  • Post emergent
  • Fire Ants
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Shade and ornamental trees lightly to remove dead, diseased, and crossing limbs.
  • Evergreens and summer-flowering plants.
  • Leaf cleanup
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

MARCH:

PLANT WATER
  • Trees and shrubs.
  • Plant cool-season annuals such as petunias and snapdragons. Begin planting warm-season types after last killing freeze.
  • 1-2 times per week.
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Pre emergent
  • Post emergent
  • Fire Ants
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Spring-flowering shrubs and vines only after they finish blooming; flowering quince, spirea, forsythia, weigela, azaleas, camellias, Caroline jessamine, wisteria, climbing roses, etc.

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  • Mow every two weeks
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

APRIL:

PLANT WATER
  • Turfgrass from plugs, sod, sprigs, or seed.
  • Roses from containers.
  • Warm-season flowers including (sun) periwinkles, cosmos, portulaca, copper leaf, marigolds, zinnias, lantana; (shade) caladiums, coleus, begonia, impatiens, and nicotiana.
  • 2-4 times per week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Spray weeds
  • Fire ants
  • Grub worms
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Spring-blooming vines and shrubs immediately after bloom.
  • Pick-prune hedges to be wider at the bottom for better light and thicker growth.
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

MAY:

PLANT WATER
  • Lawn grasses from plugs, sod, seed, sprigs, or by hydromulching. Plant buffalograss in sun.
  • Tropical color in beds or pots: bougainvillea, mandevilla, allamanda, penta, hibiscus, and others.
  • Trees and shrubs.
  • Warm-season annual color plants.
  • Cannas, glads, caladiums, and other seasonal bulbs. Mums and other fall perennials.
  • Groundcovers from 2 1/4″ or 4″ pots.
  • 2-4 times per week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Spray weeds
  • Fire ant killer
  • Grub worm control
  • Fleas, ticks, and chiggers
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Climbing roses after their bloom.
  • Spring-flowering shrubs, vines, shrubs, and trees after their bloom
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Aerate
  • Mulch
  • Sprinkler check

JUNE:

PLANT WATER
  • All warm-season grasses; bermuda, zoysia, St. Augustine , and buffalo.
  • Summer annual color, such as portulaca, marigold, zinnia, periwinkle, lantana, copperleaf, amaranthus, cosmos, and verbena.
  • Tropical color: bougainvilleas, hibiscus, pentas, allamandas, mandevillas, etc.
  • Crepe myrtle, while in bloom to be sure of color.
  • Shrubs and trees.
  • Every other day
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Spray weeds
  • Fire ants
  • Grub worms
  • Fleas, ticks, chiggers
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Remove spent flowers from daisies, daylilies, cannas, and other summer flowers.
  • Dead and damaged wood from trees and shrubs as needed.
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check
  • Mulch

JULY:

PLANT WATER
  • Color for fall: marigolds, zinnias, celosa, Joseph’s coat.
  • Container-grown nursery stock.
  • Warm-season lawn grasses.
  • Every other day
  • 15 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Spray weeds
  • Chinch bugs
  • Fire ant killer
  • Grub worms
  • Fleas, ticks, chiggers
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Roses to encourage fall bloom.
  • Dead or damaged limbs.
  • Flowering plants to remove spent flower heads.
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

AUGUST:

PLANT WATER
  • Fall color such as mums, asters, marigolds, zinnias, and celosia.
  • Fall-flowering bulbs such as spider lilies, fall crocus, and fall amaryllis.
  • Finish planting warm-season lawn grasses: buffalo, Bermuda , St. Augustine , and zoysia.
  • Wildflower seed.
  • Every other day
  • 15 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Spray weeds
  • Grub worms
  • Chinch bugs
  • Fire ants
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Trim spent flower stalks and blossoms of annuals and perennials to stimulate re-growth of stems and blooms.
  • Remove dead and damaged wood from shrubs and trees.
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

SEPTEMBER:

PLANT WATER
  • Wildflower seeds.
  • Finish warm-season lawn grass plantings by early September.
  • Perennials.
  • Cool-season grasses.
  • 2-3 times per week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Spray weeds
  • Pre emergent
  • Grub worms
  • Fire ants
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Remove spent blooms of summer-flowering perennials.
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check .

OCTOBER:

PLANT WATER
  • Pansies, violets, pinks, snapdragons, flowering cabbage and kale, English daisies, Iceland poppies, wallflowers, garlic, and other cool-season flowers.
  • Complete wildflower plantings.
  • Trees, shrubs, vines, and spring- and summer-flowering perennials.
  • Cool-season grasses.
  • 2-3 times per week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Pre emergent
  • Spray weeds
  • Brown patch in St. Augustine
  • Fire ants
  • Grub worms
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Pick-prune shrubs as needed, but save major pruning for winter.
  • Remove dead and damaged wood from trees.
  • Mow weekly
  • Trim hedges
  • Weed beds
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

NOVEMBER:

PLANT WATER
  • Trees and shrubs.
  • Spring bulbs, including daffodils and grape hyacinths. Pre-cool tulips and hyacinths for 45 days at 40º prior to planting.
  • Spring- and summer-flowering perennials, including daisies, iris, daylilies, lilies, thrift, lythrun, etc.
  • Spring-flowering annuals, including pansies, pinks, snapdragons, flowering cabbage and kale, English daisies, and California and Iceland poppies.
  • Winter-hardy nursery stock.
  • Cool-season grasses.
  • 1-2 times per week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Fertilize
  • Pre emergent
  • Spray weeds
  • Grub worms
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Begin major tree pruning. Remove dead limbs before leaves fall. Too early for fruit trees.
  • Pick-prune shrubs to remove longest shoots if needed.
  • Remove spent blooms and seed heads from flowering plants.
  • Cut off tops of brown perennials; leave roots in the soil.
  • Leaf cleanup
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check

DECEMBER:

PLANT WATER
  • Trees and shrubs.
  • 1 time per week
  • 10 minutes per station
FERTILIZE PEST CONTROL
  • Pre emergent
  • Spray weeds
  • As needed
PRUNE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE
  • Evergreens, to adjust the appearance.
  • Shade trees, to remove dead and damaged wood.
  • Leaf cleanup
  • Mulch
  • Aerate
  • Sprinkler check
  • Mulch all bare soil

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