ü Selectively spray for weeds in the garden and landscape.
ü Direct-sow seeds for vegetable and flowers.
ü Use mulches (weed fabric, Soil Pep, bark, etc.) to help control weeds and retain moisture.
ü Use Season Starter plant protectors on tomato and pepper plants. Hot Caps and frost blankets can also be used on vegetable and flower crops to protect them from frost.
ü Use tomato cages, stakes and trellis for “vining” flowers and vegetable crops.
ü Purchase garden gloves, hat, sunscreen and garden tools for the season ahead.
ü Harden-off seedling transplants before planting outside.
ü Check operation of pond pumps, filters, sterilizer lights, etc. to make sure everything functions properly.
ü Drain and clean pond in early May. Divide any water lilies, iris, etc., that have overgrown their pots. Repot divisions and fertilize with Aquatic Plant Fertilizer tablets. Start feeding fish.
ü Check pine needles for scale (clusters of flat, white, scaly bumps).
ü Check the ends of spruce trees for budworm (needles will look chewed and webbed together).
ü Spray spruce trees as new needles emerge with Carbaryl to prevent aphid galls (brown, spiny, pinecone-looking growths on branch tips.)
ü Check for sign of leaf rollers or leaf miners on leafy trees and shrubs.
ü Check poplar, birch and green ash trees for borers. Look for small holes with sawdust coming out of them. Tree and Shrub Systemic Insect Drench, or spray with Hi-Yield Garden, Pet, Livestock, and Borer spray to help control borers.
ü Hang Fruit Tree Pest Traps (pheromone traps) in apple trees to detect arrival of codling moth (worms in apples.
ü Plant trees, shrubs, perennials and hardy annuals. Most annuals can safely be planted after Memorial Day (average last frost date).
ü Plant hybrid tea and hardy shrub roses.
ü Prune flowering shrubs (such as lilac) after they flower.
ü Start new lawns now or repair old lawns by over-seeding.
ü Spray apple and pear trees with Fertilome fire blight spray twice during the blossom period.