Plan your summer vegetable and herb garden. We offer a wide selection of Botanical Interest seeds that include all of your favorite annuals, perennials, vegetables and other novelties, as well as many hard-to-find selections. All of our Botanical Interest seed packs are GMO free. Inventory your pots and flats and discard unusable ones. Make a list of the supplies you will need such as wood labels, Jiffy seed starting kits and soil. Have your garden soil tested for PH by our trained and knowledgeable staff. We also offer a variety of do-it-yourself soil test kits.
Prune woody plants while dormant, including fruit trees, summer- and fall-blooming shrubs and vines. We recommend using Felco pruners for all your pruning needs. Limit pruning of spring-blooming trees and shrubs to the removal of sucker growth and rubbing or broken branches.
Sharpen, clean and oil tools and lawn mowers. Begin heavy annual pruning of shrub roses as new leaves appear.
Plant pansies, English daisies and primrose as soon as the earth is workable. Plant strawberry plants. Sow cool-season vegetables, such as arugula, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips in the garden.
Start spring cleanup and begin major lawn work. Remove debris, dethatch your lawn or aerate compacted areas to improve water penetration. Test the PH of your lawn soil. The correct soil PH is key to a successful lawn as it enables your lawn to absorb needed nutrients when you fertilize.
Apply Plant-tone fertilizer to your perennials and Rose-tone fertilizer to your roses. Feed berry bushes and flowering vines with Berry-tone. Fertilize trees and shrubs with Holly-tone.
When the forsythia are in bloom, apply Jonathan Green Crabgrass and Weed Preventer to your lawn. Use Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer Plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer if you need to seed your lawn.
Continue spring clean-up. Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from planting beds. Apply Preen, a pre-emergent herbicide or Weed Prevention Plus with 100% Corn Gluten, an organic pre-emergent weed preventer. Do not use in gardens where you will be direct seeding.
Reseed bare spots in established lawns. Scratch the soil to establish a base for the seed to take root. Keep the area moist until seedlings appear. The key to seed germination is soil warmth and moisture so keeping the area well hydrated is essential. Mow when the new grass is 3-4 inches tall.
Prune forsythia and other spring-flowering trees and shrubs after the flowers fall.
Dig and divide crowded early spring bulbs after they finish blooming. Enrich the soil with Espoma Bone Meal.
Plant and transplant trees and shrubs, including roses, ground covers and perennials.
Transplant cool-season seedlings into the garden. When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, sow warm-season vegetable and herb seeds.
Place gro-thru hoops over peonies, grasses or any other perennials in need of support.