May's Gardening To Do List
In general, my list is specific to Northeast gardeners because that is where I live.
Weed the flower beds and sprinkle with weed prevention. I use Preen.
Fertilize my perennials and the lawn (Hubby does the lawn). The lawn was fertilized a few weeks ago and is growing like gangbusters. We've had to mow every three to four days so far this month.
Deadhead bulbs and spring flowering perennials. The spring bulbs are so cheerful and beautiful.
It's a shame they fade so quickly. Deadheading helps to focus growth on the bulb for next season. Don't cut back the greenery yet. It will need to grow for about six weeks in order to sustain the bulbs. I'll be cutting mine back in mid-June.
Prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs after they bloom. I'll be focused on pruning our azaleas and rhododendrons this spring. In general, you can cut back about one-third of the plant without harm and stimulate new growth.
Stake my tall perennials now, like peonies and irises. These metal stakes work just great for my peonies.
Pinch back fall-blooming plants, like chrysanthemums and Montauk daisies. Here's a chrysanthemum that was planted last fall and I'm trying to nurture along. It will be cut back now, again in June and again at the beginning of July, in hope it will remain compact and bloom abundantly.
All of this is going to keep me pretty busy, but gardening has its rewards. Gardening is good for both your mind and your body. Have you noticed how helpful pulling weeds can be in reducing stress? Gardening is also good exercise. Even though I keep a regular routine of exercise all year my gardening activities in the spring remind me of muscles I didn't know I had! And let's not forget about vitamin D. Gardening will help you to restock your vitamin D.
I'll leave you with a picture of the spinach in my raised bed vegetable garden. The spinach is growing very well. I may even harvest some of the wonderful baby spinach this week. I can't wait! Are you picking anything from your garden?
Do you like gardening, or would you prefer someone else take care of it for you? What's on your gardening To Do List this month?