May Gardening Tips

Posted by Stephanie on May 8th 2020

May Gardening Tips

Spring’s temperatures are causing plants and flowers to bloom late this year. We estimate that plants are at least three weeks behind in growth, as compared to a typical season.

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Here’s our list of things to do this month to keep the garden looking great.


  • Make sure garden beds are clean and free of weeds and debris.
  • Prep planting beds by adding organic material and soil amendments.
  • Dig and divide early-blooming perennials once they’ve finished flowering.
  • Set supports for floppy plants, like welded wire.
  • Set up sprinklers and start a regular watering program. Be sure your lawn and plants get about an inch of water a week.
  • Mulch landscape beds, adding a two to three-inch layer of pine bark mulch or hardwood mulch to help reduce weeds and conserve moisture.
  • Deadhead bulb plants as the flowers fade, but allow foliage to remain until yellow to nourish bulbs for next year’s display.
  • Look for pests. Early detection is the key to plant health.
  • Wait to prune evergreens, hedges, and other shrubs until the end of this month.
  • Fertilize your plants
  • Prune plants, removing winter dieback and visible signs of winter damage. Also remove diseased, dead, weak or crossing branches.


  • Plant summer annuals after the last frost date. Keep an eye on the weather and protect plants from frost or freezing temperatures.
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as gladiolas and dahlias. Plant a few every week to ensure continuous blooms.
  • Plant deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.


  • Repair any bare patches in your lawn. Fill in bare spots by loosening the soil surface and sowing a good quality grass seed over the area evenly. Tamp the seed in gently and water. Keep the area moist by using a paper mulch or straw.
  • Fertilize your lawn around Memorial Day with Step 2 of a season-long lawn fertilizer program.
  • Re-cut bed edges to keep things looking neat and tidy.

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