Keep on top of your lawn, landscaping and garden needs with our Garden Calendar for May. Now is the time to be putting work into the landscape around yours house and add some early Spring color to the flower beds. The garden is calling and it says it’s time to get those vegetables in the ground.

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The May Garden Calendar reminds us that Spring is definitely here. I love to get flowers planted as soon as the chance of frost is past in our area. Last year we planted our Window Boxes with German Ivy and some colorful Sweettart Superbells! I’m in love with how they turned out and I’m thinking about planting them again this year!

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Here is just a sample of the garden tasks you should consider doing this month


  • Apply broad leaf weed control
  • Get on a regular mowing schedule
  • Check for insects and diseases

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  • Start a monthly schedule of fertilizing flowering annuals
  • Transplant shrubs, trees, and summer & fall-blooming perennials
  • Water transplanted plants every 7 to 10 days till established
  • Plant patio containers – here are 18 flowers that are great for hanging baskets and containers
  • Water containers every 3 to 5 days and fertilize weekly
  • Stake tall plants before they become unruly
  • Plant perennial seeds
  • Apply 2-3 inches of mulch if you haven’t done it yet – learn how to choose and apply mulch
  • Prune back Rhododendrons after blooming is complete
  • Trim hedges
  • Fertilize Rhododendrons and Azaleas and other early blooming shrubs after their
    first blooms
  • Pinch back annual flowers, especially zinnias and petunias
  • Check for insects and diseases


  • Plant beans and other warm-season vegetables – here are 10 easy to grow vegetables
  • Disassemble the cold frame and store for next season
  • Stake tall plants that need support
  • Mulch in between rows to suppress weeds and save moisture
  • Transplant any annual, perennial or vegetable seedlings
  • Hoe out any weeds
  • Check for insects and diseases

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