Plant container-grown perennials. Toss a shovelful of compost into perennial planing holes to enhance soil nutrition and improve moisture holding ability. Don’t forget to water plants settling into their new homes. Choose perennials that give a strong performance in late Summer when Southern gardens tend to fade. Great selections include salvias.
Replace mulch around azaleas, camellias, and roses. If you suspected or battled diseases and insects with these crops last season, remove and replace mulch to eliminate anhy hibernating critters or spores. If disease and insects haven’t been an issue, simply replenish the mulch.
Get heat-loving annuals (zinnia, marigold, cosmos, salvia) in the garden as soon as seedlings are for sale
Start mowing your lawn as it begins to grow in mid to late Spring.
Don’t let thatch build up. Thatch is a layer of old, dead grass stems that builds up on lawns. It prevents air, water, and nutrients from getting to your lawn’s root system. Remove thatch before the grass starts growing in the Summer.