It might be May, but there is always something to be doing to keep your garden & landscape looking fresh & alive – who said the grass has to be greener on the OTHER side? Just follow some simple tips to keep your side of the fence looking happy & healthy:
· Still plenty of time to plant annuals and perennials for spring and summer color. Check out our blooming annual flats, now just $9.96 per flat with your Garden Rewards card (while supplies last).
· Fertilize and water tomatoes regularly.
· Plant tropical vines at your mailboxes for bright flowers all summer. Good choices include mandevilla, bougainvillea and allamanda.
· Freshen the mulch in your planting areas. During warm weather, mulches help to regulate the soil temperature, conserve moisture in the soil and control weeds.
· Begin succession planting of hot weather annuals such as zinnias, marigolds, celosia and portulaca in May and continue through the month of June.
· Pinch back annuals to encourage bushy, compact growth. Annuals appreciate a continual supply of nutrients. Begin to fertilize them on a regular basis. We like to fertilize with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food.
· Great time to plant long-blooming perennials like Daylilies, Purple Coneflowers, Shasta Daisies and Gaura. Selected perennials are now 30% off with your Garden Rewards card (while supplies last).
· Continue to plant perennials throughout the month of May.
· When ground temperature is 70 degrees F, begin planting vegetables such as: okra, pumpkins, sweet potato, eggplant, pepper plants, watermelon, peas and butter beans.
· Use weed killer on lawns – our pick is Image.
· Fertilize roses in May to encourage a second bloom, and continue feeding them on schedule through the month of June with Espoma Rose Tone. Prune ramblers in June.
· Fertilize azaleas with Miracle Gro All Natural & Organic Holly Food as soon as they finish blooming.
· Fertilize flower beds with Dynamite or Osmocote.
· Fertilize March vegetables with a balanced fertilizer such as Espoma Garden Tone.
· Use Ironite on shrubs and trees to promote healthy color and maximize root growth.