When it comes to landscaping, May is a time of maintenance and preparation: the planting season is over, but new growth needs to be nurtured and protected from the scorching sun of mid-to-late summer. A well-manicured landscape reveals care and attention to detail, and by following these spring gardening tips, you can ensure that your foliage will be healthy for the coming months.
- Hold those shears. Don’t prune flowering shrubs like azaleas, rhododendron, and oakleaf hydrangea until after their blooming season.
- Watch your turf. May is the prime season for fungal diseases in turf grasses, but luckily, they’re easily treated by fungicide. If you have a recurring problem, consider treating in advance.
- Lawn’s first fertilizer. If your lawn consists of Bermuda or Zoysia grass, use a balanced analysis to determine its needs and increase the amount of nitrogen with next month’s application.
- Cover those beds. Mulch is appealing for a number of reasons: it creates a neat, clean-cut appearance, as well as smothering weeds and conserving moisture for summer.