The weather is starting to get warmer and it’s great to get outside and get things done. That being said, we’re off to Mays to-do list. Get the lawnmower prepped by having it serviced for a tune-up.
If the mower is fairly new, just sharpen the blades and check oil and gas reservoirs
Did you finish planting your summer bulbs? Get them in the ground now before it gets too warm. Make it difficult for critters getting to the bulbs by throwing gravel on top. They dislike digging into things that are sharp.
Now is the time to fertilize fertilize fertilize!! Your rose plants need a 10-10-10 fertilizer, BUT only after their first bloom than repeat every 4-6 weeks.
All of your flowering and fruit-bearing trees need a higher phosphorous fertilizer 10-60-10 that will give you more flowers later on. The spring-flowering shrubs like rhododendrons need acid-based fertilizer.
Now is the time to plant your herbs, basil chives. sage and thyme.
Map out where your annuals will go. Make sure that you are clear of any frost nights. Growing up in the northeast we always waited till Mother’s day when we knew for sure that we were out of danger. Pinch back your annuals when they go beyond 4-6 inches. Will make them fuller.
Your trees and shrubs are thirsty after a long winter, water deeply and infrequently, The roots run deep and wide and it takes time for the water to spread and go down deep. If you do short spurts you are only watering the surface soil.
Wasting water and your time. Invest in a soaker hose and timer. If you have a deck, check for loose nails repair.
Air out the patio cushions, umbrellas. Mend the screen doors now before you really need them.