How to keep the garden in shape in May here in Texas? It’s very rarely under 80℉ (26-27℃) daytime here on the east coast of Texas now in the late spring/early summer. And the temperatures is continually rising. The impact it has on both ornamental plants, trees and in the vegetable garden is a challenge.
That doesn’t change the fact that its a lot you can do in the garden to keep all in shape and lush looking. You can still manage to keep the most of the spring-flowering plants alive and kickin’ for some weeks more.
- Make sure that there is enough mulch around the plants to keep the soil cooler, keep it moist and to suppress weed.
- Prune unsightly growth, wilted flowers and seedheads.
- Water newly planted shrubs, trees and flowers. Keep the soil moist but not wet.
- Cut lawn edges straight with a sharp spade. That makes the whole garden look a lot tidier at once.
- Tie up plants that threaten to tip over or a top heavy. Cut back long and untidy side shots if you need.
- Look out for fungal diseases, aphids and other damaging insects.