CALENDAR

    A Gardening Calendar from Morrison's.

    You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.

    April

    General:

    • If you are going to have your landscape sprayed for gypsy moths this year; hire your applicator now.
    • Remove winter mulches from perennial beds and roses.
    • If you have not finished burning your brush pile; do it soon – burning season ends April 15th or earlier depending upon the weather.
    • Finish the last of your winter pruning.
    • Time to divide fall blooming perennials like Asters and Montauk daisies.

    Edibles:

    • It's not too late to apply dormant oil spray to your fruit trees; ideal timing is to apply when buds swell.
    • Time to start tomato seeds this month, plant six weeks before expected planting date in garden.
    • Cole crops and leafy veggies can be started from seed now too.
    • Did you plant peas on Saint Patrick's Day for 4th of July peas? There's still time to plant them.
    • Till the garden when the soil has dried some; never rototill a water logged garden
    • Seed germination is faster with bottom heat, and be sure your seedlings have maximum sun. Supplement light so that seedlings get 12 to 16 hours of light.
    • Mulch blueberry bushes after you have pulled out any perennial grasses and weeds.

    Lawn:

    • Check out your lawn mower. Did you drain the gas tank? Old gas gums the carburetor. Sharp lawn mower blades cut the grass not tear it.
    • Ideal time to apply step 1 fertilizer with pre-emergent crabgrass control is when the forsythia bloom this month. Remember to use a step 1 for new seeding if you plan on reseeding this spring.
    • Lawn soil compacted? Heavy traffic or poorly draining soils can be remedied with core aerating. Best done this month when soils are moist for best penetration. Leave plugs on surface and don’t rake up.
    • Wait to apply lawn fertilizer until lawn has greened up 50%.

    May

    GENERAL:

    • Plant a pollinator garden near your vegetable garden for your mother. Who doesn’t like flowers, and many beneficial insects need the flowers.
    • Hostas and Day Lilies divide easily when they first come out of the ground. Share a perennial with a friend.
    • Keep a look out for the gypsy moth caterpillars; spray with either Bt when small, or Spinosad which will treat for caterpillars that are any size, for a biological control
    • Ornamental grasses transplant better in the spring than in the fall.
    • Prune lilacs immediately after blooming for maximum blooms next season. Lilacs do best with a neutral pH, so apply lime if your soil is too acidic.
    • Do not remove the foliage of spring-flowering bulbs until brown.
    • Time to put out the hummingbird feeder.
    • Plant a flowering bush for your mother on Mother’s Day.
    • Keep perennial beds free of weeds and mulch after you have planted your annuals.
    • Some annuals like snapdragons, alyssum, and petunias can be planted early in the month, but impatiens and coleus should wait until the end.
    • Best way to know if a hanging basket needs water is to stick your finger in the soil. If it's dry then water until the water drains out of the bottom of the pot.
    • Remember right plant right place gives best results, and don’t be afraid to ask our knowledgable staff for help.

    EDIBLES:

    • Early in the month, still time to put out transplants of lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and kale. A light frost will not hurt them
    • Mid-month is time to plant beans and members of the squash family from seed in the garden.
    • Time to lay out mulch plastic in the rows that will have eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. Soil temperature should be 60 degrees before planting any of theses veggies.
    • On the 20th of the month check out the 10 day forecast, you may be able to sneak in some of these plants early.
    • If you were early to sow last month, then it's time to make a second sowing of carrots, radishes and lettuce.
    • Time to plant some of your herbs, but remember basil is best left until June no matter what!
    • The potatoes planted last month should be hilled up when they get 10” tall.
    • A mature asparagus bed should yield spears for 4 to 6 weeks.
    • After danger of frost has past, it's time to plant all those seedlings you have started in the house.
    • Time to set up a drip irrigation system for your vegetable garden.

    LAWN:

    • Not too late to apply step1 to the lawn if not done in April. Fertilizer with dimension has a two-week kick back action for crabgrass. At the end of the month can apply step2; fertilizer with broadleaf weed killer. Should be 6 weeks between lawn fertilizer applications.
    • Spot treat broadleaf weeds in the lawn if there are not too many.
    • If doing spring seeding now is the time.
    • Use straw mulch over newly seeded areas to maintain even moisture.
    • If grubs are present and you want to go organic, then now is a good time to apply Milky Spore. Remember, multiple treatments will give multi-year protection.
    • Mow frequently so you can leave clippings on lawn to build soil.
    • Trying to kill moss in the lawn? Spray a liquid moss control, or apply a granular moss control early in the morning when grass is still wet with dew.