With the threat of frost past (typically by May 15th), we’re finally ready to begin planting vegetables!
- Apply a Weed & Feed fertilizer (Scott’s LawnPro or Greenview Step 2) to feed your lawn and control broadleaf weeds. This should be applied in the last week of May or early June.
- De-thatch lawns in spring and spot treat any damaged areas from winter kill.
- Aerate your lawn in the spring after active growth begins.
TREES & SHRUBS
- Prune early-flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, once they are finished flowering if needed.
- Edge and clean perennial and shrub beds, applying Preen as directed to prevent weeds.
- Start new garden beds, expand and improve old ones.
- Prepare your soil for a vegetable garden by adding compost and/or Sweet Peet.
- Plant hardy perennials and strawberry plants. Proper sun and soil is key for success — find the right plant for the right place.
- Start planting summer flowering bulbs; gladiolas and cannas in early May, dahlias in late May.
- Begin planting annuals and vegetables keeping in mind that our last frost date for our area is May 15th. (Still a 10% chance of frost until Memorial Day.)
- Remove spent blossoms from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips.
- Begin to harden off any houseplants or early-started seedlings you plan to move outdoors for the summer.
- Set the plants in a sheltered, shady spot outdoors.
- Bring the plants back inside at night, and bring them in at any time of day if the weather turns cold, windy or rainy.
- Expose the plants gradually to more sun. After two or three days, you can safely keep them in the sun for half a day, then return them to the shade.
- By the end of the week, they’ll be tough enough to soak up the rays all day.
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