May Gardening To-Dos

In the Garden

  • Visit public gardens such as the Bellevue Botanical Garden for fresh ideas.
  • Plant dahlias, gladiolus, calla lilies, rhododendrons, azaleas and hanging baskets of geraniums and fuchsias.
  • Plant annuals in beds and containers for summer color. Mix in herbs for fun.
  • Spruce-up your containers and add organic fertilizer. Remove spent bulb seed pods, allowing bulb foliage to mature.
  • Trim spring-blooming shrubs after they bloom.
  • Add aquatic plants to your water garden.

Fruits & Veggies

  • Transplant starts of heat-lovers such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers.
  • Harden tender transplants by putting them out in a sheltered location and bringing them in at night until the chance of nighttime frost is past.
  • When soil warms, plant corn and beans.

The Lawn

  • Check all irrigation systems for leaks and assess sprayhead direction.
  • Set up a simple rain gauge – an empty container placed on the lawn will track of how much water the lawn has received. Lawns optimally require an inch of water weekly from rain, irrigation or a combination of the two.
  • Mow lawn every five to seven days.
  • Dig out dandelions and roots to prevent re-seeding.

Around the House

  • Happy Mother’s Day! Celebrate Mom with colorful plants and container gardens.
  • When evening lows stay above 50°F/10°C, move indoor plants, such as bougainvilleas, palms, citrus, ficus or ferns to a bright outdoor location. They’ll thrive there.
  • Give flowering houseplants boost by switching to organic bloom fertilizer.
  • Clean up fountains and birdbaths.