- Divide over-wintered baskets of Boston fern into four sections. Plant new hanging baskets using two sections of fern in each.
- Plant dahlias, elephant ear, gladiolus and caladiums now.
- Examine the backside of euonymous and holly leaves for the white crust that signifies scale insects. Thoroughly spray leaves with horticultural oil.
- It is safe to plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant in your garden now that the soil is warm.
- Remove withered flowers from florist’s azaleas you receive for Easter to prolong their blooming.
- Move houseplants outdoors gradually. Never place them in full sunshine; filtered shade is best.
- Remove guy wires from your fall-planted trees. Trees that move with the wind grow stronger than those supported for more than a few months.
- Plant Easter lilies outdoors after removing their faded blooms.
- Mulch tomatoes immediately after planting to prevent early blight fungus from splashing from the soil onto the leaves.
- “Flowering Annuals for Georgia Gardens” is a free booklet available at your local Extension Service office. Call 1-800-ASKUGA-1 to get local office phone numbers.
- Water houseplants more frequently with the onset of more hours of sunshine and new green leaves. Begin monthly feedings with houseplant fertilizer.
- Plant the seeds of annual flowers such as marigold, cosmos, zinnia and celosia. Mix lots of soil conditioner in beds to help them be drought tolerant.
- Hang garden chimes on a tree branch so the wind keeps them constantly tinkling.
- Plant corn, bean and pea seeds now. Use a soaker hose to water vegetable rows – you’ll prevent disease and weeds plus save water.
- Sharpen or replace your mower blade now that lawn grass has begun growing rapidly. Check the mowing height on a flat surface.
- Look for aphids clustered at the tips of fast-growing crape myrtle branches. Blast them off with a water hose Or Call Weed Pro.