May is finally here! It’s time to head outdoors into the garden and add some much needed color to our outdoor living spaces. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and enjoy our spring. In addition to planting the garden and container gardens, here are some helpful tips for the month of May.
- Any veggies or flowers started from seed a few weeks ago will benefit from “hardening off” for a week or two until you plant them. Set outside to expose them to light breezes and outdoor conditions for a week or two before you plant them in the ground. This will help get them acclimated to being outdoors.
- Apply compost liberally to the garden. The nutrients added to the soil are invaluable.
- Prune early spring flowering shrubs like lilacs, forsythia and rhododendrons soon after their flowers fade. They will flower even stronger next year.
- It’s time to start mowing the lawn and fertilize as well. The grass can be cut shorter at this time of year and left longer in the summer.
- Don’t forget to water your hanging baskets often. I add a little Osmocote slow release fertilizer to mine so they get a little boost every time I water.
- Pull the mulch back from the base of your rose bush and fertilize for the first time this season too.
- Don’t forget to keep your bird feeders full and clean. Hummingbirds are migrating through, so keep their feeder full. They may decide to stay!