Don’t spread spray If you have recently treated your lawn for weeds, don’t use the clippings for mulching or composting for at least six mowings. Water the roots To conserve water when watering new plants, dig a small plastic container with holes in the bottom into the soil next to the plant’s roots. Water into the container and it will go straight to the roots. Pest patrol Now’s the time to protect plants from caterpillars and whitefly. There are chemical and organic options available. Curly problem Check your stone fruit trees for peach leaf curl and brown rot and treat to stop fruit loss.