Fertilizing in May

As temperatures warm up, it’s important to get your garden fertilized and ready for planting. Be sure to work fertilizers into vegetable and flower gardens before planting.

Oakridge Nursery carries a variety of fertilizers that will help energize your soil to ensure the proper growth of all your plants and vegetables. Also be sure not to plant annuals and geraniums until frost is no longer a danger.

Here is the full care checklist for the month of May!

  • Apply crabgrass preventer to lawns.
  • Work fertilizer into vegetable and flower gardens before they are planted.
  • Fertilize roses and begin maintenance program against black spot and mildew.
  • Mulch flower gardens to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.
  • Install peony hoops.
  • Protect garden from deer browsing.
  • Plant summer blooming bulbs
  • Plant annuals and geraniums after frost is no longer a danger.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control in shrub and planting beds.
  • Remove accumulated leaves and debris from underneath evergreens and shrubs.
  • Prune forsythia, azaleas, magnolia, mockorange, and lilac after they have flowered; all spring flowering shrubs should be pruned right after flowering
  • Begin apple tree spray programs after blossom drop
  • Make sure freshly planted trees and shrubs are watered (see watering guidelines).
  • Prune mugho pines when new growth is fully grown and soft.
  • Fertilize established trees, evergreens, and shrubs; start fertilizer program.
  • Rake, over seed, and fertilize the lawn; avoid applying crabgrass preventer to newly over seeded areas; seed new lawns while nights are still cool and the weather is wet.
  • Control dandelions and creeping Charlie by applying herbicide before heads are formed
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