Water, water, water, as often as daily for new plants and almost all plants in pots.
The rest of the garden generally needs one inch of water every week – whether from rain or from the gardener. Remember to water deeply, not superficially, because deep watering encourages deeper roots and more drought-resistant plants.
Weed regularly, and not just because they’re unsightly, either. Weeds rob water, light and nutrients from the plants you DO like. Always remove weeds before they have a chance to go to seed – this is the first line of defense to keep weeds in check!
Deadhead perennials and annuals (remove spent flowers) to encourage rebloom.
Time to buy and plant summer annuals!
Time to plant bulbs like elephant ears, dahlias and caladiums.
Do your vegetable garden prep if you haven’t already. For most gardens that means adding compost (Lobster Compost is great!), and turning it in gently.
Mid-May is the traditional time in our region to begin planting summer vegetables.
Cage your tomato plants and tap them occasionally to encourage pollination. Keep plants moist and once fruit appear, feed them with Dr Earth Veggie & Herb Fertilizer. Remove suckers that grow at the soil line throughout the season and use Mag-i-cal to help prevent end rot.
Thin out all vegetable seedlings to the correct distance from each other.
If you haven’t done it already, prune your spring-flowering shrubs IF they need it. Mature, full-size shrubs usually need renewal pruning at least every other year.
Mow your lawn to 3 high and let the clippings stay on the lawn to provide nitrogen to the soil. Got flowering weeds? Apply Bonide Weed Beater to kill them fast!