MAY GARDENING TIPS
The month of May is a time when the weather can either turn your garden into an Eden…or a wasteland. Be aware of the weather forecasts for frost and freeze warnings. If a frost is in the forecast, protect your annuals and vegetables with light cloth. If the weather is sunny and dry, be sure to water your plants. Most flowers and shrubs need about an inch of water a week to perform well and newly planted things will perish if their roots are allowed to dry out.
Hopefully, you have done all of your PLANNING, because this is the month for PLANTING!
- Remember that the soil is the foundation for strong, healthy plants. Add Bumper Crop Soil Amendment or Mushroom Manure compost to all of your flower and vegetable beds before planting. The soil from last year is just dirt…all of the nutrients that feed your plants has been used up…you need to replace them.
- It is still not too late to fertilize your trees and shrubs. Use Holly Tone on evergreens, Rose Tone on roses, Plant Tone on perennials and Tree Tone on trees and other shrubs. Be sure to water in after applying.
- Early flowering deciduous shrubs, such as forsythia, should be pruned back when they are finished blooming. If you wait until Fall to prune, you will lose next years' blooms.
- Remove the wilting seed heads from rhododendrons and azaleas so that the plants' energy can go to new foliage growth and next years flowers.
- Work lime into the soil around your Hydrangeas to produce pink flowers, or HydraBlue for blue flowers.
- Remove any sucker growth from fruit trees as soon as they appear.
- Keep a vigilant eye on your roses for insects and disease. Pretreat with Bonide RoseRX now and again in 6 weeks to prevent common rose problems such as black spot, aphids and rust.
- Pines and other conifers can be kept to a compact size by pinching off the new growth (candles).
- Feed your lilacs with 10-10-10 fertilizer for better blooms.
- Plant summer blooming bulbs, such as dahlia, Lily, Canna and Gladiola, NOW.
- Trim off wilting Daffodil and Tulip blooms, but leave the foliage intact until it turns brown.
- Promptly remove spent flowers from any plant, unless your intent is to harvest the seeds. (Deadhead) Removing dead blooms will promote further blooms.
- Wait until late May to plant warm weather crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers.
- Repair your lawn. Set your mower for a higher cut during the Spring months to help the grass grow in fuller and choke out weeds.
- Check those houseplants before putting outside, they may need a larger pot.
- Give your entryway an easy facelift with large pots of colorful flowers and a new Welcome mat.
- BUY MOM A HANGING BASKET FOR MOTHER'S DAY !
- Now is the time to wage war against slugs and snails to prevent future damage to your garden and, especially, your Hostas. Stop in and ask us how.
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- Stock up on Bud & Bloom, with a 10-52-8 punch of nutrients for all of your blooming plants. Remember that every time you water a hanging basket or container, you are basically washing the nutrients out of the soil. You need to replace those nutrients to feed your flowers.
HUNGRY FLOWERS ARE NOT HAPPY FLOWERS !
HAPPY GARDENING ! DON'T FORGET TO STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS…LIFE IS SHORT, ENJOY IT !