Gardener’s Calendar

Turn over your vegetable garden and add humus, mushroom compost or manure to enrich the soil.  Apply Bonide Fruit Tree Spray as buds swell and again at petal drop to all fruit trees.

Fertilize perennials with Espoma Plant Tone or Miracle Grow Rose and Bloom Shake and Feed.

Continue spring cleanup.  Completely remove winter mulch.  Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from the planting beds, then edge.  Prepare your annual beds, and mulch landscape beds with shredded mulch or pine straw.  Apply Preen and scratch it in to prevent future weeds.

Plant and transplant trees and shrubs, including roses, ground covers, and perennials (including hardy lilies and lily-of-the-valley).

Seed or sod new lawns.  Reseed bare spots in established lawns using Scott’s EZ Seed.  Keep the area moist until seedlings appear, then mow when the new grass is 3” high.

Spray your lawn with Ortho Weed B Gone or apply Greenview Weed and Feed to will weeds and feed your lawn at the same time.

Transplant cool-season seedlings into the garden.  When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, plant warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.

Dig and divide crowded spring bulbs after they have finished blooming. Enrich the soil with Worm Castings, Coop Poop or Espoma Bulb-Tone.

Prune forsythia and other spring-flowering trees and shrubs after the flowers fall.

Place Peony Rings or stakes over or around peonies, grasses or any other perennials in need of support.

Check arborvitae, cedar, juniper spruce and pine for bagworms.  Hand-pick bags from the host and spray apply Bonide Systemic Insecticide.

Begin summer rose care program of deadheading, spraying and watering. Apply Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Control to feed and word off those nasty rose slugs!

Fertilize roses with Miracle Grow Rose and Bloom Shake and Feed or Espoma Rose Tone, azaleas with Espoma Holly-Tone, and fruit trees with Espoma Tree Tone.

Deadhead bulbs, but leave foliage to mature and yellow before removing.  This will help nourish the bulb for next year’s flowering. Fertilize with Espoma Bulb Tone.

Prune new growth on needled evergreens.

Dig and divide early blooming perennials after flowering.

Apply Monterey Liquid Iron to azaleas, hollies, junipers, laurel, pines, rhododendron and spruce to provide iron for chlorophyll production by foliage.

Fertilize container plants and window boxes weekly with a Miracle Gro All Purpose Water Soluble Fertilizer, or try Miracle Gro Plant spikes for slow release feeding, to promote healthy, vigorous plants all summer.

Pay close attention to the watering needs of these plants as well as hanging baskets, because they tend to dry out quickly on hot summer days. Add Soil Moist to potting soil mixture to decrease the need to water.

Check plants for spider mite damage and treat with Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew then alternate every 7-10 days with Bonide All-Season Oil Spray.