Submitted by Kathy Dodge on behalf of the MNW Ladybugs

Keep an eye on lawns to spot problems early.  Insects such as chinch bugs and fungi such as grey leaf spot are two things to watch out for.

Hummingbirds are here!! Migrating hummingbirds can be found at your feeders and natural nectar sources. Natural sources for hummingbirds include hamelia, shrimp plant, firespike, salvia, cigar plants and Pride of Barbados to name a few.  These are all hummingbird magnets.  The recipe for nectar is 4 cups of boiling water, add 1 cup of granulated sugar and stir until dissolved.  Allow mixture to cool and then fill feeders.  Keep any excess sealed in refrigerator.

Continue slow, deep watering to encourage proper root growth and prevent runoff.  Watering longer and less often encourages deep root growth and healthier plants.

Mulch, mulch, and mulch!  Mulching keeps plant roots cooler and weeds at bay.  Apply 3” deep around trees and shrubs.  Remember to never pile mulch against the base of a plant.