Whether you are planning on selling your home or just want to add some curb appeal May is the perfect time to get out and plan for some beautiful summer color. If temperatures are cooperating, the merry, merry month of May may be your busiest until September, with planning, planting and patio projects to lead the way into summer.
Don’t be fooled by a late frost: Find out themean freeze date in your area, and be sure soil is warm and workable — not too wet, not too dry — before putting tender plants in the ground.
Get those showy summer sprays of color started by planting bulbs of dahlia, lily, tuberous begonia and gladiolus.
Plant a few “gladdie” corms every week from now until early July for continuous summer cuttings.
- As their blooms fade, remove the flowers from tulips and daffodils and give them a dose of fertilizer. But leave those leaves where they are: They’re needed to produce next year’s buds. Peonies, too, will be hungry for fertilizer now.
- Got mums? From now until the beginning of July, you can make chrysanthemums bushier and more productive if you pinch a half-inch off of each stem when they’re 6 or 7 inches high.
Continue reading the May checklist by Sally Anderson of MSN Real Estate here. Happy Planting!