• Sandi Manna

May Landscaping and Gardening Tips

In case you haven't noticed, spring has finally arrived along the Connecticut shoreline. If you're like most people, you're starting to think about your landscape.

Landscaping obviously changes with the seasons, and so does your garden needs. Here are a few tips to help you with your landscape in May.

1. Fertilize

Just like anything that's young and growing, your plants need nourishment if they're going to grow to be really healthy. That's true even if you have established perennial beds. Those plants are starting over from a long slumber so they need adequate nutrition to help them cope with summer stress. I highly recommend a good, all natural fertilizer such as Plant Tone by Espoma. That's a good, slow-release fertilizer. If you want to give your plants an extra boost during the growing season, I recommend Nature's Harvest. These are water soluble fertilizers. This means they area immediately available for use to the plant. Both of these fertilizers are organic and also feed the soil which promotes long term health.

2. Plant your annuals

The safety cut off date for frost in CT is Mother's Day. Along the Shoreline we're usually pretty safe come May, but if you need to, you can always bring your containers in, or drape a light sheet over plants to protect from a rogue frost. Get out there and celebrate the seasons! Annuals are so important to your landscape. I like to change my annuals with each season. It keeps my landscape fresh and interesting. Just like your seasonal wardrobe, your landscape will look even better with a seasonal display.

3. Plant for beneficials

Beneficials are insects that are good for your garden. Ladybugs for example, eat aphids. Aphids are tiny little insects that suck the juices from your plants and can kill them. Aphids are hard to spot unless you're looking for them. They're very small and usually on the underside of the leaf. Let the ladybugs do the looking and the pest removal for you! Butterflies and bees are great pollinators. As we've heard in the news, the bee population is down in our country and they're getting worried about it. Plant some flowers for pollinators and you'll be rewarded with a great show! Looking for a few tips? Check out our post on attracting pollinators. It's full of ideas to help you attract a variety of pollinators to your yard!

4. Prune

The best time to prune your spring flowering shrubs is right after they have finished blooming. If you wait too long, you'll prune all the buds off your rhododendrons. Not sure how to prune them? Give us a call and we'll take care of it for you.

5. Assess

Now is a great time to get out there and assess your landscape. What made it, what didn't? Let's be honest, in January we had some downright frigid temps...I mean minus 5!! It's ok if some things didn't make it. This gives you a chance to try something new. Maybe everything did make it, but you have some holes in your landscape. Now is the time to think about replacing things that didn't make it out fill in those holes.

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