Late Spring Gardener’s Calendar

Turn over your vegetable garden and add Bumper Crop® Soil Amendment to enrich the soil as buds swell and again at petal drop to all fruit trees.

Fertilize perennials with Espoma Plant Tone.

Continue spring cleanup. Completely remove winter mulch. Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from the planting beds, then edge. Prepare your annual beds adding Bumper Crop®, and mulch landscape beds with shredded mulch. Apply Preen or Corn Gluten to prevent future weeds, or try the new Preen Mulch Plus which combines mulch and Preen and prevents weeds for up to 6 months.

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. Keep the area moist until seedlings appear, then mow when the new grass is 3” high.

Put down a second application of Crabgrass Control or one containing Tupersan for newly seeded lawns, for pre-emergent goosegrass control and control of crabgrass the rest of the year.

Transplant seedlings into the garden. When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, sow warm- and cool-season vegetable and herb seeds.

Dig and divide crowded spring bulbs after they have finished blooming. Enrich the soil with Bumper Crop® or Espoma Bulb-Tone.

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

Place gro-thru sets and link 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 with Bonide Systemic Insecticide or apply a Systemic Drench to the soil.

Begin summer rose care program of deadheading, and spraying, treating with Bonide Rose Shield Insect & Feed.

Fertilize roses with Jack’s Classic Water Soluble, azaleas with Espoma Holly-Tone or Ferti-lome Azalea Fertilizer and Systemic Insecticide, and fruit trees with Espoma Berry-Tone Fertilizer.

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 Hi-Yield Chelated 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 Jack’s Bloom Booster 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.

Check plants for spider mite damage and treat with Bonide Systemic Insecticide then alternate every 7-10 days with Bonide All-Season Oil Spray.

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