May Gardening To do list

Gardening tasks you should perform this month if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If you don’t know your gardening zone, you can look it up via zip code on the Gardening Zone Page. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, add six months to find your gardening tasks.

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 becomeavailable
  • Set out tomatoes, eggplants when soil warmsand 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 2December gardening

  • Set out cool-season annuals
  • Sow seeds of warm-season annuals outdoors
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees beforebuds swell
  • Plant permanent ground covers and cool-seasonlawns
  • 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-bloomingperennials
  • Plant bare-root and container roses
  • Prune roses (when temperatures are above freezing)
  • Uncover roses for spring and apply dormantspray
  • Plant bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, andcontainer trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, andvines
  • 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, andbare-root fruit trees
  • Plant cool-season lawns and permanent groundcovers
  • Feed and aerate cool-season lawns and loosenthatch
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Divide and replant summer- and fall-bloomingperennials
  • Divide and replant spring-blooming perennialsafter bloom
  • Plant bare-root and container roses
  • Uncover roses for spring and apply dormantspray
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, andvines 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-bloomingbulbs after leaves yellow
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees beforebuds swell
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that havebeen affected with canker problems
  • Plant permanent ground covers
  • Plant, feed, and aerate cool-season lawnsand 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 perennialsafter bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-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-bloomingbulbs after leaves yellow
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees beforebuds swell
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that havebeen 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 perennialsafter bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-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-bloomingbulbs after leaves yellow
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-root fruit trees
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that havebeen 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 perennialsafter bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, andbare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, andvines
  • 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 fruittrees
  • 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 andvines during or just after bloom
  • Plant or transplant warm-season vegetableseedlings

Zone 8

  • Set out annuals
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped and container fruittrees
  • 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 duringor 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 areblooming 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 duringor 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 aregrowing 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 duringor 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-shelteredpatio
  • Prune spring-blooming shrubs and vines afterbloom
  • Feed and shape rose bushes
  • Make succession plantings of gladiolus
  • Deadhead annuals and perennials for prolongedbloom

 


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