May Tasks

  • Prune winter damage to shrubs and roses, cutting back to the green wood.
  • Transplant perennials now before they get too cumbersome to move.
  • Examine lawn, shrubs and trees, for signs of disease.  Bring in cuttings for a free     Zergott analysis.  (Please put them in a plastic bag first, if possible.)
  • Weed beds and apply fresh mulch to deter weeds and avoid moisture loss from the soil.      (Mulch will also dress up your beds, like frosting on a cake!)
  • Order your mulch from Zergotts.  We will deliver orders over 2 yards.
  • Plant annual flowers after May 15, to avoid damage from a late season frost. Plant carrots, onions, lettuce, potatoes, beans and peas around this time also. 
  • Plant warm season plants and vegetables (like tomatoes and peppers) at the end of the month, closer to Memorial Day.
  • Shop for lovely hanging baskets for Mother’s Day.
  • Water flowers, shrubs and trees during dry spells.
  • Helpful  Hint:  To protect fingernails, before gardening, rub a bar of soap around and under nails. Dirt will wash off easily, when your chores are done!
  • Fertilize your lawn. This is the time to apply  the Step 2 products, such as Greenview Broadleaf Weed and Lawn Food.  Or you can put down an all-purpose lawn fertilizer and use a liquid weed killer like Ortho Weed B Gone or Bonide Weed Beater Ultra.
  • Apply All Seasons Oil to shrubs and trees to  prevent insect damage during the summer.  Or use Bayer Tree and Shrub for protection.
  • Fertilize and protect your roses from disease and insects by using Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose Care.
  • Apply Preen (pre-emergent weed killer) to the beds to prevent weeds.  Do not use     Preen in your beds IF you are planning to start veggies or flowers from seed.
  • Apply Holly Tone to evergreens and acid loving plants (like rhododendron and azaleas.)      Use Plant Tone as an all-purpose fertilizer anywhere in your beds.
  • Prune back early blooming shrubs (forsythia,  lilacs, rhododendron) after they have finished blooming.  They will soon be setting their buds for next season!  Also cut back daffodil     and tulip heads after they have finished blooming and before they develop     seed pods, but allow the foliage to die back on its own.
  • Work lime into the soil around your hydrangeas if you want pink flowers or aluminum sulfate if you want blue.
  • Plant dahlias, gladiolas, lilies and other summer bulbs now for summer bloom.
  • Discourage the deer from eating your plants by applying Deer Scram or spraying with other repellents—all available at Zergott Landscaping.
Posted on May 3, 2013 .