Pruning, clipping and invasive plant removal part of garden chores
Prune gardenias as soon as they finish blooming if necessary to keep them in shape. Yellow leaves with green veins may indicate an iron deficiency. Correct by applying iron chelate or iron sulphate according to the label instructions.
Remember to keep old faded crape myrtle flowers clipped off to encourage more blooms, if you can reach them. Clip just behind the flower heads. When crape myrtles are allowed to produce seed flowering slowly declines as seeds are produced.
Remove invasive exotic plants as they pop up in the garden. Mexican petunia, lantana, Brazilian pepper, carrotwood, rosary pea, torpedo grass, camphor tree and chinaberry are all invasive exotics that commonly escape cultivation and crowd out native plants.
To learn more about identifying and removing invasive exotics, visit bit.ly/2rW0sD1.
Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit pinellascountyextension.org. For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to facebook.com/PinellasExtension.