Now is a good time to prune Pussy Willow, Forsythia, Quince, Flowering Almond, Corylopsis,
and Witch Hazel
Prune suckers from maples, magnolias and fruit trees
Pruning or shaping of evergreens such as Hemlocks, Pines, Spruces and Yews, should be
delayed until the new spring growth has had a chance to more fully develop....But you
want to make sure and have your evergreens pruned by the middle of July so that any
new growth that has been made up to then, will have a chance to harden off before winter.
Sometimes when you sow seeds, they come up in thick bunches. If you want your flower
beds, borders, or vegetable gardens to flourish, you are going to have to thin out
some of those little seedlings. This can be a very tedious task, but well worth the
There are several ways to do this, one way is to pull out clumps of seedlings every
few inches, then go back in a few days and thin out some of the remaining clumps.
A more efficient way is to move along your rows or beds and actually separate the
seedlings to the distance that is recommended.
Do NOT spray your fruit trees with insecticides when they are in bloom. This is the
time when bees are very active and chemicals like Sevin, although low in toxicity to
people and warm-blooded animals, is toxic to bees.....Wait to spray with insecticides
until the petals have dropped, you can however spray fungicides to control apple scab
and peach rot while trees are in bloom.
Apples, Pears, Sweet Cherries and Plums do not pollinate themselves so make sure that
you plant at least 2 compatible varieties if you want to harvest fruit.
Most Peach varieties and Sour Cherries are self pollinators as are Raspberries,
Blackberries, Strawberries, and Grapes, which means they will pollinate themselves,
and don't require cross pollination.
Anemone (wood) May Apple
Bellflower Moccasin Flower
Bunchberry Solomon's Seal
Buttercups Star-Flower (anemone)
Wild Columbines Toadflax
Fringed Polygaia Trillium
Honeysuckle Trailing Arbutus
Yellow Lady Slipper Wild Geraniums
Mountain Laurel Yellow Trout Lily
BLOOMIN ROUND YOUR HOME
Bleeding Hearts..... Bradford Pears..... Candytuft..... Chionodoxa..... Daffodils.....
Dogwoods..... Flowering Almond..... Fritillaria (guinea-hen)..... Fruit Trees.....
Grape Hyacinth..... Helleborus..... Hyacinth..... Japanese Quince..... Lilacs.....
Magnolias..... Narcissus..... Primrose..... Siberian Squill..... and Tulips
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Here is a list of birds that will be migrating northward in May. If you keep your
feeders filled you have a greater chance of seeing some of them, as they stop by
your feeders for a quick snack or a much needed meal.
Birds like to quickly zip into shrubs and evergreens such as pines, spruce, firs, and hemlocks for
cover and lookout.
Shrubbery also provides excellent housing for birds; many prefer privet, viburnum,
honeysuckle, or lilac for their nest-building. They also like to build nests high in
trees like maples, oaks, apples, and crabapples.
Dogwoods, junipers, mulberry, sunflowers, barberries, and hypericums all produce
either fruit or seeds that are a welcome treat to many birds.
To Do List
- May -
- Although spring is a very busy time of the year for gardeners....don't overdo it....
- When your daffodils and tulips are done blooming it is a good practice to remove the dead flower stalk and seedhead
- This is the time to plant your annuals and vegetable plants, make sure and water them good at planting time
- Prepare the ground for your Dahlia tubers, plant them towards the end of the month
- Try and get any new roses planted by the end of the month
- When your roses are in full leaf, begin a weekly spray program and continue it throughout the summer
- Mulch your beds, trees and evergreens now to help conserve moisture during the hot dry summer
- Mulch your Strawberries with salt hay to prevent the fruit from being spattered
- Try and get any evergreens or dormant trees and shrubs planted as soon as possible
- Make your first planting of Gladiolus now, then repeat plantings every two or three weeks to extend the flowering time
- Spray tent caterpillars in the evening if any are spotted
- Clematis and or any other vines should be neatly tied up with raffia of soft cord
- By picking off the side buds of Peonies, you force the growth into the terminal bud thus resulting in a larger flower
- Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful spring weather !!!
- Wait to prune roses until new buds break. If any aphids are spotted, start spraying them
- Now is a good time to clean out any garden pool or pond