May 10, 2011
- Take a tour of your garden to see which plants have survived over the winter months. Replacement plants may be needed for those that did not survive.
- Divide perennials that are becoming overgrown from the previous year. Daylilies, hostas and perennial grasses are a few that grow very aggressively.
- Prune back spent blooms on any bulbs including daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, etc. As the plant’s foliage begins to yellow and brown, it can be cut off and removed from the plant.
- Add a layer of 2-4” of mulch in perennial beds, around shrubs, and trees. A thick layer of mulch protects the plant by keeping the roots cool, blocking weeds, and keeping moisture around the plant.
- Make sure to take time for plant shopping this month. Greenhouses are loaded with beautiful annuals and perennials. Don’t forget to wait until the frost free date of May 10 for planting most annuals.
- Containers and pots can be designed with various combinations of annuals and perennials.
- Till the vegetable garden plots and begin planting summer crops including tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc. after May 10 as well.
- And lastly, WEED, WEED, WEED! Get an early start on weeding. Weeds are growing just as quickly as the flowers in your garden.
Posted by: Dawn Goodrich 1 CommentLabels: Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines waterworks, Spring Garden, Spring Planting Posted in Des Moines Botanical Center, Des Moines Water Works Park, Uncategorized