Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Lilyturf handles drought conditions well

Lilyturf (Liriope spp.) is a good drought tolerant edging plant or ground cover. It has dark green foliage and contrasting purple flowers. A variegated variety is available, called Aztec grass. Liriope forms dense clumps which typically reach 7 to 12 inches in height with the "Evergreen giant" variety even taller. When you plant lily turf, be sure that the crown is slightly above the soil and then be careful that you keep mulch at least two to three inches away from the base of the plant. Crown rot can be a problem if it is planted too deeply or the mulch creeps in around the plant and keeps the crown too moist.

Vegetable gardening should be in full swing this month. Remember to keep a watch for insects and diseases. Vegetables are annual plants and will use a lot of fertilizer while growing. Keep side-dressing every five to six weeks and keep plants well watered. There is still time to plant pole beans, black-eyed peas, lima beans, cantaloupes, okra, sweet potatoes and summer spinach.

Source: Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. Learn more at or