We have been cutting lawns for a while now, so it is time for my annual appeal to reduce air pollution by recommending that readers switch from a gas powdered lawnmower to an electrical mower.  It has been reported that gas mowers pollute as much in an hour as a car in a day.  Another plus for electricity is that electric mowers hardly ever need repairs other than to perhaps have the blade replaced which would also be required with gas mowers.  Just plug it in, flip the switch, and go.  

Continue to fertilize the garden every three or four months with an organic fertilizer.  Compost also helps build the soil but it is getting too hot to put it out so wait until cooler fall weather.  

Ferns grown in pots and placed around the garden in shady spots give it a tropical look.  However, they do require a little more water than other plants.  An easy way to keep them healthy is to place their pot in a bowl-type container that is about 2 inches wider  and has no hole in the bottom.  Then simply fill the space between the containers when watering. 

As we go from spring into summer, many volunteer plants and trees sprout in the garden and probably should be removed or transplanted.  This is especially true for trees that come up too close to foundations, walkways and patios.  Palm trees, for instance, look nice when they are small but can become a problem in a short time as their fronds spread. 

Do not forget to feed and water the birds.  Sunflower seeds attract a variety of birds, and they in turn help control insect pests.  A bird feeder can be just a shallow tray placed on an upturned bucket, and a birdbath can be an inexpensive bowl placed near a shrub.  

From The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations:  It is the little conveniences that make the real comfort of life.  

Garden Note:  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  - John Muir