To attract bluebirds to the home landscape, plant dogwoods, elderberries, hollies and sumacs in May.
Tap spruce branches over white paper to detect spider mites. Control by spraying with a strong stream of water from the garden hose.
Treat remaining mites with insecticidal soap or superior oil spray weekly, for three applications, to control subsequent hatchings.
Avoid spring lawn fertilization unless no fertilizer was applied last fall.
Lawns yellowing in late May can be lightly fertilized with 1/2 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
Heavy fertilizing in spring and summer increases turf stress, diseases and weeds.
Apply a second application of pre-emergent crabgrass control in June, six weeks after the first treatment.
Prevent black spot and other diseases of roses by spraying every week with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap (not detergent) per gallon of water.
Water in the morning and avoid wetting the leaves to prevent black spot and mildew on roses and other disease-prone flowers.
Sow seeds of these annuals directly into the garden since they do not transplant well: ainnia, cosmos, four o'clock, and Mexican sunflower (Tithonia).
Fruits and vegetables
Plant culinary herbs such as basil, coriander, dill and sweet marjoram outdoors.
It is now safe to move many houseplants to a shady area outside. The plants will dry out faster outdoors, so monitor the soil moisture frequently.
Move African violets out of south-facing windows in the summer.
Relocate to an east- or protected west-facing window is best..
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