May

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Chores and Maintenance

  • Prune needle evergreens 
  • Complete pruning of spring-flowering trees, shrubs (after flowering) 
  • Deadhead bulbs, leave foliage until yellowed 
  • Begin rose care: deadheading, spraying, and watering 
  • Mulch azaleas, rhododendrons, and laurel with thick acid mulch 
  • Complete major lawn care 
  • Feed with compost or organic lawn fertilizer 
  • Set mower at 2-1/2 -  3" 
  • Leave clippings 
  • Pinch back chrysanthemum and asters

Pland and/or Transplant

  • Bare root plants and evergreens
  • Summer bulbs, ground covers, perennials; get annuals 
  • Sow cold and warm - season vegetables and herbs (after temperature reaches 60° F) 

Fertilize

  • Needle evergreens - after pruning (5-10 -5) 
  • Roses (organic rose fertilizer or 5-10-5) 
  • Annuals and container plants (fish emulsion, water soluble, organic fertilizer or 5-10-5) 
  • Perennials and sprlng bulbs (5-10-5) 
  • Lawn (4-1-2 ratio of N-P-K)