This month in The Neighborhood Gardener:
• A Better Lawn on Less Water — Don’t let water restrictions worry you. Proper use of an automatic irrigation system can keep your lawn beautiful without wasting water.
• Quick vs. Slow Release Fertilizer — Quick-release fertilizers are often used for plants with high nutrient needs, like vegetables or annuals, but overall, it’s often better to choose the “slow option.”
• Competing in the Plant ID & Judging Contest? Are you assisting a 4-H judging team for the plant ID competition in July? Or organizing an MG team for the competition in October? Check out the Florida Plant Identification Module to help you with your “plant ID” skills.
• Plant of the Month: Cleome — These heat-loving annuals produce distinctive, spidery flowers in a variety of colors and can grow up to five feet tall. Cleome has long been popular in Southern gardens for its ability to bloom all summer long.
• June in Your Garden — Annuals that can take full sun during the increasingly hot summer months include celosia, portulaca, vinca, melampodium, blue salvia, and some coleus.
• Friend or Foe: Nematodes — These microscopic worms can wreak havoc on your plants.
• Master Gardener Specialist Update — The how, what, and why of consumer insecticides.
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