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Gardening tips for May | Columns | myeasternshoremd.com – MyEasternShoreMD

The promising warm weather of May is nipping at our heels; the gentle buzz of bees is among us and the buds of trees will soon be full-fledged leaves.

In a matter of time, gardening season will be in full bloom.

Here are some helpful tips to growing a successful garden.

If your azaleas, rhododendrons and other spring flowering shrubs are growing too large prune them after they bloom.

Lace bug feeding may be seen on rhododendrons, azaleas, andromeda (Pieris japonica) and mountain laurel.

Look for small white or yellow spots on the upper sides of leaves. On the underside of leaves, you may notice small black fecal spots, nymphs and adults. Damage on new growth indicates overwintering eggs have hatched and the new generation has started to feed. There are multiple generations per growing season.  

Lace bugs are more of a problem on stressed plants growing on exposed, hot and sunny
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