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IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - MAY GARDENING TIPS

Here are some helpful gardening tips going into May:
  1.  CONTAINER GARDENING -   Container gardening continues to be very strong with homeowners.  May is a great time for doing some container gardening.  Some logical landscaping principles apply to container gardening.  First, decide where you want to place a container garden.  Is it sun or in the shade?  The location will dictate the plant selection.  What is it that you want to plant in the container?  The size of the container will dictate how many plants it can accommodate.  Make sure that the plants are compatible and don’t overcrowd the container.
  2. VEGETABLE GARDENING  -  Growing your own food can be fun and satisfying.  Homegrown vegetables can be more flavorful and nutrious than store-bought produce.  Location is the important key factor to being a successful vegetable grower.  Most edible plants prefer 6 or more hours of sun.
  3. RAISED BEDS  -  Like container gardening.  Raised bed gardening has a growing interest for those who want to grow vegetables or herbs but don’t have a “traditional” plot of land.  Raised beds, if high enough, can may even deter dogs and rabbits from visiting.
  4. NEWLY PLANTED SHRUBS AND TREES  -  This spring has been a wonderful planting season.  For all these planted plants to be successful in growing water is so important.  New shrubs and trees have not had time to develop a large root system.  So, it only stands to reason that newly planted shrubs and trees need extra care when it comes to watering.  I recommend twice a week to do a thorough, slow soaking.  As we get closer to summer with more heat and possible dryness then I strongly suggest watering three times a week.
  5. LAWN CARE  -  If you are fighting crabgrass this spring.  A second application of crabgrass preventer is important to apply in May.
  6. HOUSEPLANTS  -  If you like to move houseplants outside for the summer, now is a safe time to move out.  Be sure to help them acclimate to being outside by moving in the shade first for s few days before putting them in the more direct sunlight.
  7. AZALEAS  -  Now is the time to prune your azaleas  -  IF NEEDED.  Also, this is the time to fertilize.  I suggest using the Espoma Holly Tone as the fertilizing. 
ENJOY YOUR MAY GARDENING.  AS WE SAY IN THE NURSERY INDUSTRY – “JUST DON’T STAND THERE, PLANT SOMETHING”
Posted: 5/2/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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