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.


  • 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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