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- Hostas are easily divided in the spring.
- Remove spent flowers from Tulips, Daffodils & Hyacinths to reserve energy.
- Groundcovers provide a beautiful solution to tough spots where grass won’t grow: shady areas & slopes.
- For bold, billowing patches of spring color – plant Creeping Phlox. These perennials aren’t fussy, spread quickly & are easy to grow. They love full sun & well-drained soil.
- Plant Daylilies for a low maintenance, pest-free flower garden.
- Apply Preen to beds to prevent weeds around roses, perennials, shrubs, trees & vegetables.
- Plant miniature Roses in the rock garden.
- Plant roses; use peat moss, cow manure & compost. Choose a sunny site.
ANNUALS & VEGGIES:
- Enjoy the zest & fragrance of herbs. Fun for windowsills or formal knot garden.
- Set out Strawberry plants about 3 feet apart in each row to prevent crowding. Plant in full sun, with cow manure. Expect yield of one quart of berries per plant.
- Plant red raspberry rows in a north-south direction so each side gets equal sunlight.
- Ideal time to plant Blueberries.
- Plants need carbon, hydrogen & oxygen (from air & water) and nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium & sulfur (from soil). Plants will not achieve maximum growth if they receive too much or too little of these.
- Start cucumbers, melons & squash indoors; transplant in late May.
TREES & SHRUBS:
- Wait until buds break & new growth begins before pruning “dead” branches.
- Plant climbing Hydrangea to cover a masonry wall or stone wall.
- Plant creeping Juniper as a ground cover for hot, dry & sunny locations.
- HUG A TREE ON ARBOR DAY! Arbor Day was established in 1874 on the treeless plains of Nebraska by J.Sterling Morton – Arbor Day is now celebrated throughout the US & around the world.
- Prune Forsythia after flowers fall; then fertilize.
- Finger-pinch new candle growth (80%) on dwarf pines & spruces to keep shrubs compact by forcing internal growth; then fertilize.
- Consider proper pest control for white pine weevil on pine & spruce. Look for tent caterpillars & wooly adelgid.
- Time to start a new lawn or re-seed old lawns. Grass roots like 4” of good topsoil with organic matter. Cultivate lightly, rake out weeds and roots. Rake smooth. Use a good quality seed & starter fertilizer. Protect with straw for moisture retention.
HOME & PATIO:
- Water houseplants with a solution of plant food 1-2 days before re-potting them.
- If you spray your Houseplants for pests, move them out