Turn over your vegetable garden and add Fafard Premium Natural and Organic Compost or Espoma Chicken Manure to enrich the soil.
Fertilize existing perennials with Espoma Plant-tone or Espoma 10-10-10 Garden Food.
Continue spring cleanup. Completely remove winter mulch. Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from the planting beds, then edge. Prepare your annual bed and re-mulch landscape beds with Hampton Estate Natural or Black Mulch. Apply Preen, a pre-emergent herbicide, or Weed Prevention Plus with 100% Corn Gluten, an organic pre-emergent weed preventer. Scratch it in to prevent future weeds.
Plant and transplant trees and shrubs, including roses, ground covers, and perennials (including hardy lilies and lily-of-the-valley).
Seed new lawns with Jonathan Green Grass Seed. Observe whether the area is sunny, shady, or a mixture of both and use the correct seeds for the conditions. Reseed bare spots in established lawns with Jonathan Green Lawn Repair. Keep the area moist until seedlings appear, then mow when the new grass is 3” – 4″ high.
It’s not too late to put down an application of Jonathan Green Crabgrass and Weed Preventer or Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer Plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer to control crabgrass and annual weeds in your lawn.
Prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs, such as rhododendron and azalea after the flowers fall.
Apply an insect and disease control spray to all fruit trees as buds swell and again at petal drop.
Place gro-thru hoops over or around peonies, grasses or any other perennials in need of support. Stake vines.
Transplant vegetable seedlings to outside containers or garden beds. Use a tomato cage to keep tomato plants from falling over. Use trellis netting for trailing vegetables, such as beans and peas.
Plant summer flowering annuals, such as geraniums, New Guinea impatiens, petunias, and lantana in the ground or containers. Spruce up your front entrance or pool area with a Campania concrete or glazed planter. Use Fafard Ultra Container Mix in all your containers.
Plant summer flowering perennials, such as dianthus, phlox, Shasta daisy, and roses in the ground. Use Espoma Bio-tone Starter Plus in the planting hole before placing your perennial. This organic starter fertilizer will help establish a strong rooting system for your plant.
Begin summer rose care program of deadheading, spraying, and watering. On a monthly basis, apply Espoma Rose-tone fertilizer.
Deadhead spring-flowering bulbs and apply Espoma Bulb-tone fertilizer to help further nourish the bulb for next year’s flowering. Leave the foliage to mature and yellow before removing. This will ensure re-blooming next year.
Prune new growth on needled evergreens.
Dig and divide early blooming perennials after flowering.
Plant summer flowering bulbs, such as dahlias, cannas, gladiolas, and elephant ear.
Fertilize annual in-ground and container plants every 2 weeks with Jack’s Blossom Booster or Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster. These are water-soluble fertilizers specially formulated for blooming plants to promote healthy, vigorous plants all summer.
Pay close attention to the watering needs of these plants as well as hanging baskets, because they tend to dry out quickly on hot summer days.