Wow!! Thank you, April!!! Now on to May with needed gardening chores.
Let me take a minute to re-cap April. I have been in this business for a “few” years and I do not recall ever having an April where we did not experience a frost. We went the entire month of April without any frost damage to our beautiful plants and spring blooms. Just incredible to experience especially with how April had treated us gardeners in the past couple of years with cold, dreary weather. A little interesting tidbit of information is that it rained every Friday this year in April. For the month we got 4.53” of rainfall. Normal rainfall for April is 3.08 inches. Also, we were 4 degrees above average with our April temperature. This April was the 3rd warmest April on record. I’ll take an April like we just experienced any time as we now head into the month of May.
Now, here are just a few gardening and landscape tasks or projects that should be done in May:
May Gardening Tasks
- Our soil temperature is now in the low 70’s and that means it is now full speed ahead for planting all those summer-blooming annuals and vegetables. I know you are enjoying how beautiful the pansies and violas are right now. And, it is hard to imagine pulling them up and toss. BUT – it is wise to make this sacrifice. The sooner you get your summer blooming annuals into the ground, the more rooted they will be before the heat and stress of the coming summer months. AND, don’t forget to add ESPOMA BIO-TONE with each plant at the time of planting.
- It is now safe to move house plants outside. Here is an important tip: to avoid sunburning the foliage, move the houseplants 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.
- Feed all spring blooming plants, such as azaleas, spirea, rhododendrons, pieris, etc. after they finish blooming. It took a lot of energy for the plant to produce all those flowers. Our suggested plant food is ESPOMA HOLLY-TONE.
- Hummingbirds are here!! Now is the time to put out a clean hummingbird feeder. Enjoy!!
- Toads eat cutworms and other insect pests. Give them a home in your garden by placing inverted clay flower pots in shady spots. Chip out a piece of the pot rim to give the toads an entrance to their home.
- 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.
NOW THAT MAY IS HERE, PLEASE CONSIDER PLANTING PLANTS THAT BLOOM AND BENEFIT OUR BELOVED BEES, BUTTERFLIES, AND HUMMINGBIRDS. IT’S JUST NATURE’S WAY!!!!
|Plant These for Attracting Bees, Hummingbirds, and Butterflies|
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Enjoy this spring!!! PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!