Wednesday, May 9, 2007

May Garden Reminders

  • Mow tall fescue lawns to 2 ½ to 3 inch height.Research has shown that mowing to the proper height will help control weeds.
  • Do not fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass lawns again until September.Excess nitrogen can lead to brown patch disease in lawns.
  • Remove foliage from spring blooming bulbs that were injured in the hard freeze we had on Easter weekend.
  • Prune trees and shrubs that were damaged from the freeze now. Remove dead tissue and prune into healthy tissue.
  • Most plants will recover from freeze damage; however leaves may now be as full and healthy as they might have been before the freeze.


  • Do not plant tomato and pepper seedlings until May 15th.
  • Be sure to harden off seedlings for at least a week if they were started inside.
  • Keep the weeds pulled, before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again. Otherwise, you will be fighting newly germinated weed seed for the next several years.
  • Think about using potted annuals or perennials for an added touch of color and variety in the landscape.
  • Be sure to deadhead annuals to promote more flowers through the summer.

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