Monday, March 26, 2012

Garden Tasks for Mid- to late Spring (April - May)

  • Apply a general-purpose fertilizer around established shrubs and roses.
  • Mulch the soil after a rain or watering.
  • Stake herbaceous perennials as growth emerges.
Sowing Seeds
  • Sow seeds of half-hardy and tender annuals inside, or buy plug plants and grow on in a frost-free place.
  • Harden off bedding plants sown earlier in spring.
  • Sow hardy annuals in situ.
  • In late spring, thin hardy annuals sown inside.
  • Plant evergreens, and move any that are in the wrong place.
  • Prune early-flowering shrubs and climbers after they have bloomed.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses as they start to grow.
Other Tasks
  • Make new shrubs and climbers by layering.
  • Start taking softwood cuttings from new shoots.
  • Sod or sow new lawns, and repair worn-out lawns.
  • Apply a spring fertilizer, and a weedkiller, to lawns.
  • Cut the grass with the blades quite high.
  • Keep weeding.

This list was found in Learn to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening.  I did modify the list a little.   

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