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Preparing for Summer

It's no secret that Florida gets steamy in the summertime, so you should tackle certain gardening chores now, before the weather gets too hot.

Start by cutting back leggy or overgrown plants, and remove dead or dying branches from trees and shrubs. If you have yet to fertilize your lawn this year, now's the time. Be sure to use a slow-release fertilizer and follow recommended application rates for your grass type.

You can inject color by planting heat-loving annuals like coleus, salvia, torenia, and ornamental pepper. Harmful insects become more active as the weather warms, so start scouting now for signs of potential pests.

Finally, it's the dry season. Check your irrigation system to make sure it's working properly and water as needed according to local watering restrictions.

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