NOW ONTO MAY WITH NEEDED GARDENING TASKS
First, let’s re-cap April.
April ended with cool days with plenty of rainfall. This is a good thing. Sure, we had some night temperatures down into the thirties but very few of us experienced any damaging frost. April has really helped to create the ideal condition for May to be a wonderful planting month. I use my “trusty” soil thermometer and our soil temperature as of May 1 is at 58 degrees. This is great news as we enter May. Last year our soil temperature was 70 degrees at this same time period. What a difference a year makes for gardening.
Speaking of what a difference a year makes for gardening – all our lives have been changed with this COVID-19 pandemic. But, the one constant bright light that I am seeing is with gardening. More people and families are turning to plants and gardening more than ever before. People are using gardening as a way to be outside staying safe and having good quality family time. I love seeing this happening especially during these trying times in our lives.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW GARDENING AND LANDSCAPE TASKS THAT SHOULD BE DONE IN MAY
- Once your azaleas have finished blooming they can be trimmed – only if needed. And, this is the ideal time to fertilize azaleas. I recommend feeding azaleas with ESPOMA HOLLY-TONE.
- Now that May is finally here, I think it is safe to move the tropical house plants outside. Here is an important tip: to avoid sunburning the foliage, move the house plants outside in shade first for a few days. Let the plants get used to this new environment. After a few days in the shade, you can then progress to moving the plants into more sunlight.
- Hummingbirds are here!!! Now is the time to put out a clean hummingbird feeder. Enjoy!!!
- May is a good time to put down a second application of crabgrass preventer.
- PLANT MORE FLOWERS – especially native plants that are attractive to bees and butterflies. Let’s show our support to these beneficial plants!
- Birds have 5 basic needs: food, water, shelter from hot and cold weather, nesting sites, and protection from predators. Supply these and you will have many more birds around your home to entertain you and to control insect pests.
May is lining up to be a fantastic planting month. Staying home is your safe haven. And, planting vegetables and flowers is a great outdoor activity to keep us active and sane during these trying times.
PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!