Grab a cup of coffee and head out on an early morning stroll to study your garden’s strengths and weaknesses.
Water-loving plants include spider lily (Hymenocallis spp.), swamp lily (Crinum americanum), water cannas, cyperus, variegated sweet flag (Acorus), Louisiana iris, thalia, yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus), noninvasive varieties of taro (Colocasia spp.) and pickerel rush (Pontederia cordata).
Mowing days are winding down, but keep an eye out for brown patch, a fungal disease that can be treated with horticultural cornmeal.
Start a compost pile with grass clippings, fallen leaves and kitchen scraps (except meat).
Water newly planted seeds and transplants with a rain wand to avoid disturbing plants with shallow root systems, Richter advises.
Mulch to conserve soil moisture, keep roots cooler and discourage weeds.
Add 2-3 inches of leaves or dried grass clippings, or 1 inch of compost around annuals, herbs and vegetables.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of granulated sugar and stir until dissolved.
Nectar plants include Turk’s cap, hamellia, shrimp plant, firespike, salvias, lobelia (cardinal flower), Mexican oregano, Pride of Barbados, flame acanthus and cuphea. …read more