Sam Says – May

  • The first of May is one of four times a year recommended to apply fertilizer to your lawn. We recommend Dr. Earth Super Natural Lawn Food or Gardner & Bloome Organic Lawn Fertilizer. The other three times recommended to fertilize are mid-June, mid-September and about the 25th of November.
  • Keep your suet feeders filled. Many parenting birds will ring their young near the feeder to feed them.
  • Sow seed for beans, corn, squash and cucumbers.
  • Plant Dahlias in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Add Dr. Earth Fish Bone Meal or a 5-10-10 fertilizer for improved flower production. Do not water until first shoots appear. Watering too early can result in tubers rotting. Once the plants are growing water them deeply once a week and fertilize them every other week.
  • Prune azaleas, rhododendrons, lilac, forsythia and other early blooming shrubs after they bloom.
  • Use a liquid fertilizer (20-20-20, 15-30-15 or (organic 1-3-1) on bulbs that have flowered this spring. The fertilizer will help build a strong flower for next spring. Continue feeding weekly for six weeks or until the foliage starts turning yellow.
  • This month is a good time to over seed your entire lawn or just touch up the bare spots. Whether or not you aerate first be sure to fertilize and cover the seed with one-eighth to one-quarter inch of Black Forest Compost. The compost will help keep the seed warm and moist until it germinates and it will hide the seed from the birds.
  • Prune off last years fronds on evergreen ferns. Be careful not to damage the newly emerging fronds (fiddleheads).
  • Plant new ground covers for erosion control on storm damaged slopes.