Spring has arrived, and for many of us that means the start of a new gardening season! May is the perfect time to start your garden chores. Here are some important things you can do to keep your garden in shape this month.
1. Mulch: To keep weeds at bay, spread mulch around plants. This will help reduce water loss, moderate soil temperature, and improve soil fertility as it breaks down over time.
2. Prune: To keep trees and shrubs looking neat, prune away any dead or damaged branches and limbs. Be sure not to cut too much - if you need help with pruning, consult an arborist for assistance.
3. Plant: Plant warm-season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash, beans and corn during this time of year. Make sure they have plenty of space and sunlight to thrive!
4. Fertilize: Give your plants the nutrition they need by applying fertilizer to gardens beds or pots with flowering annuals like marigolds and petunias. It's important to read the label on fertilizers so you can choose one with appropriate nutrients for your plants' needs.
5. Water: Make sure plants stay hydrated by checking their moisture level every few days; in hot weather they may need extra water every day or two. Water in the morning so that the foliage has enough time to dry out before evening – otherwise, you may end up with fungal diseases from excess moisture left on the leaves overnight.
With these tips in mind you’ll be ready for a successful gardening season ahead! Enjoy watching your garden bloom as you tend it with love this spring and summertime months!