• Softwood cuttings can be taken for propagation at this time. Shrubs such as azaleas, butt erfly bush, abelia, crape myrtle, and many others can easily be propagated from softwood cuttings.
    • Learn more about propagating plants from cuttings.
  • Continue to water newly planted trees and shrubs as needed to supplement rainfall.
  • Use drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or other methods that do not wet foliage to minimize disease issues.
  • Inspect plants to determine if you need to fertilize. If plants have healthy foliage, plenty of blooms, and are growing at a normal rate, you do not need to fertilize.
    • Learn more about fertilizer trees and shrubs.
  • When plants fail to grow vigorously or have poor color, lack of fertilizer may not be the cause of their problem. Soil pH, soil compaction, too much or too little water can all lead to poor growth.
    • Research the problem before fertilizing
    • Soil test to determine if nutrient levels or soil pH are part of the issue

Shrubs in our area that are in bloom or have interesting fruit, bark or foliage during this month include:

Gardenia angusta/jasminoides   Gardenia
Hydrangea arborescens/quercifolia  Smooth and Oakleaf Hydrangea
Cotinus coggygria  Smoketree