Early May Gardening Tips
1) Clean up plant debris from over the winter. Rake up old leaves, branches and trim off dead
branches and old flowers from roses and perennials. Now is a good time to thin out overgrown
shrubs such as potentilla or spirea and let the new growth take over. Thin out the inner
branches and dead branches that no longer have new growth.
2) Divide large clumps of perennials. Now that we can see what’s coming up, it’s a good time to
chop up some up those summer and fall blooming perennials. Leave the spring ones until the fall
so you can enjoy this year’s flowers. Some common plants that usually benefit from division
include achillea, delphiniums, lamium, daylilies, phlox, monkshood, and ligularia
3) Fertilize everything right now. Fruit trees, lawns, perennials, shrubs, evergreen trees and shrubs
etc. Our spring blend is professional grade composed of 33% root fertilizer, 33% mycorrhizae,
33% nitrogen. A slow release formula , our countryside fertilizer can be used once now and
again in two weeks for best results. To keep garden plants and veggies growing steady fertilize
them with annual or veggie specific water soluble plant food every other watering.
4) Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered deeply every week. Mulch soil to save water,
smother weeds, keep soil cooler. Spread 1-3 inches (2.5-7cm) of fir bark chips under shrubs
trees, perennials and vegetables.
5) Keep an eye on ants and aphids and control them with a safers soap or ant dust before they
become a problem.
6) Weed as often as you can either by hand or hoe. Try to remove the entire root system to
prevent regrowth. Use roundup to kill weeds along stone paths and patios, killex for lawn
7) Get started on those summer vegetable seeds. Plant early crops now or as soon as your ground
is warm enough– lettuce, parsley, chives, radishes, peas, spinach.