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Monthly Gardening Tips

  • April Gardening Tips

    • April is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs.  Be sure to improve the soil with compost.
    • Plant hardened off perennials, Pansys, Violas, Alyssum, Dusty Miller, Snapdragon and Dianthus.  These plants can withstand the light frosts.
    • Plant Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Lettuce, Peas, Rhubarb, Brussels Sprouts, strawberry plants and perennial herbs that have been hardened off.  Also plant onion sets, seed potatoes, garlic, shallots and asparagus roots.  These can take the light frosts.
    • Tomatoes and peppers can be put outside with a wall o’water.
    • It’s time to plant seeds of peas, turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and radishes.
    • Start fertilizing roses, trees and shrubs when leaves appear on the branches.
    • Mid April is the best time to start fertilizing your lawn.  Use a fertilizer with a pre-emergent (weed and grass preventer) to prevent weed seeds from germination.
    • April is a good time to seed or overseed an existing lawn.  Do not use a pre-emergent if you are going to seed.  Keep area moist for good germination.
    • Core aerate lawn before fertilizing.  This helps improve the lawn’s vigor and health.
    • As weeds start to actively grow in the lawn, spray with Fertilome Weed Free Zone. Excellent cool weather weed killer.
    • Apply Florel Fruit Eliminator when fruiting trees are in full bloom, to prevent fruit set.
    • Prune roses approximately 1 to 2 feet above the ground.  Don’t prune climbers except to remove dead, weak or diseased canes.
    • Plant spring bulbs such as dahlias, begonias, lilies and gladiolas.
    • Apply “Merit” like Bayer Tree & Shrub Spray to prevent and cure insect damage for up to one year on trees and shrubs.
    • Average temperature in April:  High/Low  61.4/34.4.
  • May Gardening Tips

    • Plant perennials, trees and shrubs.
    • Early May plant plant Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Lettuce, Peas, Rhubarb, Brussels Sprouts, strawberry plants.  Remember to “harden off” plants before planting outdoors.  Seed corn, snap beans, pumpkin, summer and winter squash.
    • Mid to end of May, plant annuals and veggie plants!
    • May sometimes plays with your emotions.  Late frosts are common.  Be prepared to cover and protect frost sensitive plants.
    • Moderate temperatures in May is a great time to plant sod.  Make sure to adequately amend your soil with a good compost.
    • As weeds start to actively grow in the lawn, spray with Fertilome Weed Free Zone. Excellent cool weather weed killer.
    • Apply “Merit” like Bayer Tree & Shrub Spray to prevent and cure insect damage for up to one year on trees and shrubs.
    • Apply Fertilome F-Stop to prevent and cure fungus in the lawn.
    • Sharpen your mower blade and raise the cutting height, leaving your grass 2 ½ to 3 inches tall.
    • Apply wood mulches around trees and shrubs and perennials to conserve moisture.
    • Average temperature in May:  High/Low  70.7/44.1.
  • June Gardening Tips

    • In the garden, June is prime time for plant growth.  Tree roots and tops are growing; some are flowering and setting fruit.
    • Watch for hungry bug infestations.  Apply necessary controls.
    • Continue planting annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.
    • Give your lawn a feeding.  Apply a weed & feed if weeds are present.
    • Fertilize annuals, veggies and perennials periodically.
    • Fertilize shade, flowering, fruit and evergreen trees once a month til August.
    • Apply lawn weed killer if necessary.
    • “Dead head” plants periodically to encourage more blooming.
    • Prune lilacs after they are finished blooming.
    • Apply mulch to plants to conserve moisture and cut down on weeds.
    • Average temperature in June:  High/Low  81.8/53.
  • July Gardening Tips

    • Plant annuals and perennials.  Fresh new plants arriving weekly!
    • If possible, plant trees and shrubs in the evening or early morning, rather than during the heat of the day, to lessen transplant shock.
    • Continue fertilizing plants.
    • “Dead head” plants periodically to encourage more blooming.
    • Plants in containers and in hanging baskets dry out quickly, so check for water often.
    • Inspect trees, shrubs and plants for insect or disease.  Apply necessary controls.
    • Average temperature in July:  High/Low  88.1/59.
  • August Gardening Tips

    • Last feeding for trees, shrubs and roses.  
    • Plant Iris rhizomes mid to end of August and dig and divide existing ones in the garden.
    • Plant perennials.  Fresh new plants arriving weekly!
    • If possible, plant trees and shrubs in the evening or early morning, rather than during the heat of the day, to lessen transplant shock.
    • Fertilize lawn for deep green color.  Be sure to water in good.
    • Plant cool season veggies such as spinach, lettuce, cabbage, peas, radishes, and carrots for a fall crop.
    • Check the veggie garden for ripening fruit.
    • Make sure plants are well watered.  August heat can take a toll on plants.
    • Average temperature in August:  High/Low  85.9/57.4.
  • September Gardening Tips

    • Soak up time in the garden!  Days are growing shorter and cooler.
    • A lot of fall-flowering is at its peak, so admire the color.
    • Excellent time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials.  Less heat stress on them.
    • Plant Mums, pansies, asters and ornamental kale for fall color in the garden.
    • The end of September is time to plant fall bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, dutch iris, grape hyacinth, fritalia and allium.
    • Divide and transplant established perennials.
    • Protect late maturing tomatoes from early frost.
    • Spray weeds in the lawn with Fertilome Weed Free Zone.
    • After frost kills top growth of dahlias, cannas, tuberous begonias, callas, and gladiolas: Dig and store bulb in sphagnum peat moss or vermiculate and store in cool or cold environment.
    • End of September or October apply lawn Winterizer food.
    • Average temperature in September:  High/Low  77.5/48.2.
  • October Gardening Tips

    • Indian summer kicks in after a spate of cold weather, offering a show of color as leaves turn.
    • Freezes start to threaten tender plants like tomatoes.  To extend the season, cover them at night when frost is forecast.
    • Continue to plant fall bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, dutch iris, grape hyacinth, fritalia and allium.
    • Apply lawn Winterizer food.
    • Deep root water trees and shrubs before going into dormancy.
    • End of October, mulch perennials and roses for winter protection.
    • Dispose of annuals in the garden after the frost has killed them.
    • Try to get trees and shrubs in the ground by the middle of October.
    • Decorate for fall with pumpkins, corn stalks and straw bales.
    • Average temperature in October:  High/Low  66.2/36.8.
  • November Gardening Tips

    • Apply tree wrap to protect young trees from sunscald.
    • Mulch perennials and roses if you didn’t in October.
    • Prune dead or diseased branches from trees.
    • Deep water trees & shrubs and perennials every  four weeks from November thru March.  Water on a mild day when the ground is not frozen.
    • Apply dormant oil to kill overwintering insects.
    • Cooler temperatures and shorter days mean slower growth for houseplants.  Water and fertilize according to the plants needs.
  • December Gardening Tips

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  • January Gardening Tips

    • Deep water trees & shrubs and perennials every  four weeks from November thru March.  Water on a mild day when the ground is not frozen.
    • Start perennial and wildflower seeds indoors for transplanting in May.
    • Feed our furry friends bird food.
    • Fertilize indoor houseplants every 3 to 4 weeks.
  • February Gardening Tips

    • Plant perennials, trees and shrubs.
    • Early May plant plant Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Lettuce, Peas, Rhubarb, Brussels Sprouts, strawberry plants.  Remember to “harden off” plants before planting outdoors.  Seed corn, snap beans, pumpkin, summer and winter squash.
    • Mid to end of May, plant annuals and veggie plants!
    • May sometimes plays with your emotions.  Late frosts are common.  Be prepared to cover and protect frost sensitive plants.
    • Moderate temperatures in May is a great time to plant sod.  Make sure to adequately amend your soil with a good compost.
    • As weeds start to actively grow in the lawn, spray with Fertilome Weed Free Zone. Excellent cool weather weed killer.
    • Apply “Merit” like Bayer Tree & Shrub Spray to prevent and cure insect damage for up to one year on trees and shrubs.
    • Apply Fertilome F-Stop to prevent and cure fungus in the lawn.
    • Sharpen your mower blade and raise the cutting height, leaving your grass 2 ½ to 3 inches tall.
    • Apply wood mulches around trees and shrubs and perennials to conserve moisture.
    • Average temperature in May:  High/Low  70.7/44.1.
  •  March Gardening Tips

    • Prune trees and shrubs except plants that flower in the spring since you will be cutting off the blooms.
    • Remove tree wrap the end of the month. Deep water trees, shrubs and perennials on a mild day.
    • Cut back ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes.
    • Mid March plant onion sets, seed potatoes, garlic, shallots, bare root rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, pea seeds.
    • Plant trees, shrubs, hardened off perennials, pansies and hardened off strawberry plants.
    • End of March plant tomato plants in the garden using a “wall o’water”. This will protect them from the freezes.
    • Mid March to the end of April, apply pre-emergent to prevent weed seeds from germinating.
    • Start seeds indoors. Use grow lights and heating pads for good germination.
    • Apply “Merit” like Bayer Tree & Shrub Spray to prevent and cure insect damage for up to one year on trees and shrubs.
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