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Article: May Chores in the Garden

Created on: Monday, June 09, 2003

  • Shear spring-flowering shrubs after they bloom.
  • Prune needle evergreens putting out new growth; cut "candles" in half.
  • Service sprinkler system, check hoses, sprinklers, sharpen tools.
  • Move annual flats from indoors to cold frame.
  • Fertilize lawns with a high nitrogen fertilizer or organic fertilizer, apply broadleaf weed control and grub control.
  • Fertilize roses, raspberries, blueberries and grapes.
  • Plant seeds of lettuce, beets, spinach, carrots, beans, corn and second crop of radish.
  • After weeding, spread granulated Preen®™ pre-emergent weed preventer for season-long control
  • Lay perforated plastic mulch in the vegetable garden to control weeds while allowing water to reach the soil.
  • Set plant supports like tomato cages at the time of planting, eliminating the need to tie up plants after they've grown out of control.
  • Garden in containers to save time amending soil, weeding, stooping over, and watering only where needed. Herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, onions & most flowers can be successfully grown in containers.

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