Get Gardening: May To-Do List

Darin Engh, from Engh Gardens runs down the list of the May To-Do List.

• Turn sprinklers on. TIP Do not leave your automatic sprinklers at one setting all season. Run times should change every two weeks to reflect increasing heat temperatures.

• Do soil prep.

• Buy a plant for Mom

• Plant annuals and ENJOY THEIR COLOR: Marigolds, Petunias, Impatiens, Snapdragons, and Zinnias.

• Apply Weed & Feed to your lawn to control broadleaf weeds.

• Plant warm season veggies: cucumber, summer squash, winter squash, watermelon

• Plant new rose bushes.

• Plant summer blooming shrubs and vines: Lilacs, Clematis

• Plant trees.

• Plant permanent ground covers

• Keep garden well weeded and watered looking for signs of pest and diseases.

• Apply mulch to evergreens, shrubs, and trees to keep down weeds and conserve moisture.

• Avoid spraying fruit trees with insecticide until after the petals have dropped.

• Broad leaf evergreens such as Rhododendrons and Azaleas should be planted in early spring.

• Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

• Keep up your weekly spray program for roses.

• Most spring blooming shrubs can now be pruned and shaped.

• Set tomato stakes before purring your plants in the garden.

• Fertilize and deadhead your repeat blooming roses after the flowers fade to encourage a second round in early summer. When applying granular fertilizer, avoid getting it on foliage to prevent fertilizer burn.

• This is the time to plant your containers of annual flowers to brighten your deck and patio.

• Hang baskets of begonias, fuchsias.

For more information, you can contact Darin at Engh Gardens in Sandy (801)748-0102 or online at

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