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What to plant

3. Vegetables: Boniato, calabaza, chayote, cherry tomatoes, dasheen, malanga, okra, roselle, southern peas, Seminole pumpkin, sweet cassava, sweet potatoes and yard-long beans.

4. Flowers: Angelonia, begonias, bush daisy, butterfly plant, caladium, cat’s whiskers, celosia, coleus, coreopsis, Dahlberg daisy, firespike, four-o’clock, gaillardia, gerbera daisy, ginger, goldenrod, impatiens, kalanchoe, lantana, lion’s ear, marigolds, melampodium, Mexican petunia, Mexican sunflower, moon flower, Porterweed, pentas, periwinkle, portulaca, purslane, salvia, showy primrose, shrimp plant, Stokes aster, sunflower, torenia and zinnias.

5. Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chives, dill, ginger, marjoram, mint, oregano, sage and thyme.

6. Bulbs-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris.

Lawn care

7. Lawn feeding rules are changing in many areas of the state; check the rules in your county.

8. Delay fertilizer and weed-control treatments until you can water or the rains return.

9. If you skipped a spring feeding, make a fertilizer application soon if permitted.

10. Yellow lawns can often be re-greened with an iron-only application where permitted.

11. Try to keep your lawn moist on watering days in your area.

12. Some soils resist water penetration; try a wetting agent to help moisten the soil.

13. Weeds are also making good growth; spot killing with a product for your turf type is best.

14. Fill bare areas or start new lawns with seed, plugs or sod for the grass type desired.

15. Avoid sodding shady areas during summer to prevent rot problems caused by the wet weather.

16. Water only as needed to establish new lawns; excess water causes lawns to decline.

17. Adjust and replace sprinklers to only water the lawn.

18. Track the water lawns receive; up to 3/4 of an inch is normally adequate at each watering or rainfall.

19. Chinch bugs are causing yellow to brown areas in St. Augustine lawns; treat when noticed.

20. Sod webworms are likely to arrive this month due to the warm winter.

21. Moths do not mean sod webworms are feeding; wait until chewing damage is noted to treat.

22. Maintain the lawn at one height; learn the proper height for your lawn type.

23. Sharpen the mower blade after a few weeks of continuous use.

24. Mow a different direction each time the lawn is cut to avoid ruts in the turf.

25. Aerate and immediately water lawns that are compacted, hard to wet or have nematode problems.

26. Replace constantly declining turf in dense shade with mulch or a ground cover.

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