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April 30 - May 6
 
1.
When you plant vegetables that you know will need staking as they mature, stake them when you plant to avoid disrupting the root system when it is developed.
 
2.
Keep petunias and fuchsias pinched back for a compact plant and more blooms all summer.
 
3.
Plant red flowering plants for Memorial Day. Look for petunias, geraniums, celosia, portulaca and salvia.
 
4.
Plant summer flowering shrubs now-- bush morning glory, glossy abelia, lemon bottlebrush, lavender starflower or hibiscus.
 
5.
Save time in the garden by mulching around plants in the ground and in containers because this will curb the weed population.
 
May 7 - May 13
 
1.
Save time in the garden by mulching around plants in the ground and in containers because this will curb the weed population.
 
2.
Don't remove your bulbs from the ground until the foliage is dry and crisp.
 
3.
Peppers of all types are just as easily grown in a container as in the ground.
 
4.
Remember Mother's Day with a living gift from the garden center.
 
May 14 - May 20
 
1.
May planted tomatoes often produce faster than those planted in April.
 
2.
Line wood or clay containers with thin plastic to reduce water loss during these warm months but be sure to cut a hole in the bottom for good drainage.
 
3.
For yellowing foliage on camellias and azaleas, the problem is usually from lack of iron. If an acid plant food doesn't work, as your local California Certified Nursery Professional™ for advice.
 
 
May 21 - May 27
 
1.
Water your lawn in the morning because evening irrigation encourages fungus diseases.
 
2.
For a fall crop of beautiful chrysanthemum flowers, plant starts this month.
 
3.
Be sure azaleas are protected from the hot sun. Morning sun and filtered sunlight the rest of the day is ideal.
 
4.
Feed bedding plants regularly monthly throughout the summer to keep them at their peak.
 
May 28 - June 3
1.
Healthy, plush lawns don't allow many weed invasions. Fertilize and use  weed control now.
2.
Increase the efficiency of your water usage with drip irrigation in flower beds, vegetable gardens and containers.
3.
For color in a dry spot in the garden, plant portulaca, commonly known as moss rose.
4.
Plant colorful dwarf dahlias for summer color and dahlia tubers for color in the fall.
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