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Timely tendings: hibiscus, chinch bugs, annuals

Hibiscus plants should be flourishing with new growth by now. There is still time to prune if you need to shape your plants.

. Look for chinch bugs in St. Augustine grass. Straw-colored grass along sidewalks, driveways or the street is usually the first sign of this pest — and fertilizer may be to blame. Learn more about slow-release nitrogen fertilizers at

. Winter annuals are still looking good, but soon will need replacing. It's not too early to start spring and summer annuals from seed. Start the seeds in a fresh, sterile potting mixture. It takes four weeks or so before seedlings are ready to be planted in your garden. Rejuvenate the bed by raking out all leftover plant material and adding new organic matter. You can also incorporate a slow-release fertilizer.

Information from Pam Brown and Carol Suggs of the Pinellas County Extension Service. Visit the extension Web site at

Timely tendings: hibiscus, chinch bugs, annuals 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 4:30am]
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