Trees and Shrubs
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April/May Task List
- Plant peppers, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, eggplant, all types of beans, strawberries.
- Plant zinnias, coreopsis, calendula, lilies, hostas, ferns, impatiens, thunbergia and caladiums.
- Cut back and fertilize azaleas lightly after bloom (they will be setting flowers for next year). Use an acidifying fertilizer made for azaleas and camellias. Use a liquid-soluable (like MiracleGro) once a month on impatiens and other summer-blooming annuals and perennials.
- Mulch vegetable and flower beds to help them regulate heat through the summer. Use acidifying materials such as pine straw and pine bark under azaleas and camellias.
- Plan your bulb garden for next fall, and order naked ladies and amaryllis.
- Watch as temperatures rise, and be prepared to water potted plants once per day when temps are above 75 but below 85. Twice per day for pots in sun when the temp is above 85.
- Prepare houseplants to move outdoors: remove brown leaves, clean up the pots, re-pot if they are root-bound. Give them a light dose of liquid fertilizer and put them in the shade. Check moisture daily, and water as needed.