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May Gardening To Do List

December gardening

Zone 1

  • Prune flowering fruit trees while in bloom; use cuttings indoors
  • Complete bare-root planting
  • Amend soil with humus (manure, ground bark, peat moss, leaf mold)
  • Set out summer bedding plants when they become available
  • Set out tomatoes, eggplants when soil warms and danger of frost is over
  • Mow lawns if grass and soil are dry enough
  • Set out plants of cold crops (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts)
  • Plant peas, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, turnips
  • Feed spring-flowering shrubs after bloom
  • Apply shading to greenhouse
Zone 2

  • Set out cool-season annuals
  • Sow seeds of warm-season annuals outdoors
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees before buds swell
  • Plant permanent ground covers and cool-season lawns
  • Feed cool-season lawns and loosen thatch
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow seeds for cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials
  • Plant bare-root and container roses
  • Prune roses (when temperatures are above freezing)
  • Uncover roses for spring and apply dormant spray
  • Plant bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, and container trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
  • Plant needle-leafed evergreens

Zone 3

  • Set out cool-season annuals
  • Set out seedlings of warm-season annuals
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
  • Plant cool-season lawns and permanent ground covers
  • Feed and aerate cool-season lawns and loosen thatch
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials
  • Divide and replant spring-blooming perennials after bloom
  • Plant bare-root and container roses
  • Uncover roses for spring and apply dormant spray
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, and vines before buds swell
  • Plant tender shrubs and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
  • Plant needle-leafed evergreens

Zone 4

  • Set out cool-season annuals
  • Set out seedlings of warm-season annuals
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded winter- and spring-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees before buds swell
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that have been affected with canker problems
  • Plant permanent ground covers
  • Plant, feed, and aerate cool-season lawns and loosen thatch
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Set out herbs
  • Sow fast-growing warm-season vegetables
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Divide and replant spring-blooming perennials after bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to shrubs and vines
  • Plant tender shrubs and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
  • Plant needle-leafed evergreens

Zone 5

  • Set out cool-season annuals
  • Set out seedlings of warm-season annuals
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded winter- and spring-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees before buds swell
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that have been affected with canker problems
  • Plant permanent ground covers
  • Plant cool- and warm-season lawns
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow fast-growing warm-season vegetables
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Sow seeds for tender perennials
  • Divide and replant spring-blooming perennials after bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to shrubs and vines
  • Plant tender shrubs and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped trees
  • Plant trees in containers
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
  • Plant needle-leafed evergreens

Zone 6

  • Set out seedlings of warm-season annuals
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded winter- and spring-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that have been affected with canker problems
  • Plant permanent ground covers
  • Plant and aerate lawns and loosen thatch
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow seeds for tender perennials
  • Divide and replant spring-blooming perennials after bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Plant tender shrubs and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
  • Plant needle-leafed evergreens

Zone 7

  • Plant summer- and fall-flowering bulbs
  • Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
  • Plant permanent ground covers
  • Plant or repair lawns
  • Plant ornamental grasses
  • Plant annuals for summer and fall color
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped or container fruit trees
  • Spray dormant fruit trees
  • Prune frost-sensitive fruit trees
  • Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming
  • Plant heat-loving perennials
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped or container trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune spring-flowering or tender shrubs and vines during or just after bloom
  • Plant or transplant warm-season vegetable seedlings

Zone 8

  • Set out annuals
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped and container fruit trees
  • Prune frost-sensitive fruit trees
  • Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
  • Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming
  • Plant or repair warm-season lawns
  • Plant ornamental grasses
  • Plant fall-blooming perennials
  • Prune tender deciduous shrubs and vines
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs and vines during or just after bloom
  • Sow seeds for warm-season vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of warm-season vegetables

Zone 9

  • Plant for summer color
  • Plant fall-flowering bulbs
  • Feed and water cacti or succulents that are blooming or actively growing
  • Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
  • Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming
  • Repair or plant lawns
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs and vines during or just after bloom
  • Sow seeds for warm-season vegetables
  • Transplant warm-season vegetable seedlings

Zone 10

  • Plant annuals for summer color
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs
  • Feed and water cacti and succulents that are growing or blooming
  • Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
  • Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming
  • Plant fall-blooming and hardy perennials
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs and vines during or just after bloom
  • Transplant warm-season vegetable seedlings

Zone 11

  • Install or repair drip irrigation systems
  • Plant beans, beets, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons
  • Bring out house plants to a shaded, wind-sheltered patio
  • Prune spring-blooming shrubs and vines after bloom
  • Feed and shape rose bushes
  • Make succession plantings of gladiolus
  • Deadhead annuals and perennials for prolonged bloom
 


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