May gardening chores

ANNUALS. Increase your flower beds’ visual impact by adding these sun-lovers: zinnias, ageratum, petunias, Madagascar periwinkle, celosia, ornamental peppers and scarlet sage. For shady areas, select coleus, impatiens, nicotiana and caladiums.

AZALEAS. Treat for insect infestation as needed. Azaleas put on a better show than usual this spring, due in part to our mild winter.

CAMELLIAS. If scale issues developed on your plants, might consider dormant oil application in late fall.

Monthly chemical treatment is needed when infected plants are actively growing.

FRUIT TREES. Thin young fruits now to produce larger, superior fruit later in the season. Also keeps tree branches from breaking under the weight of too much fruit.

HOUSEPLANTS. Houseplants can be moved outside now. Place in partly shaded area to avoid leaf scald from over-exposure to sun. Increase frequency of waterings and fertilize monthly with a water-soluble solution of 18-18-18 or 20-20-20.

ROSES. Make weekly fungicide applications to control thrips and aphids. Feed plants monthly into fall with 1/4 cup of 5-10-5 fertilizer scratched in under each bush.

VEGETABLES. Anyone who planted lettuce is glad they did as the weather situation in both Florida and California has pushed prices up on that and broccoli. We are well past the last frost date - so get planting!