- Fertilize grass with a spring lawn food.
- Bait for slugs.
- Plant pea seeds after soaking them overnight.
- Spread fresh mulch over young weeds to smother them before they can bloom.
- Prune Pee Gee hydrangeas and other summer-flowering shrubs.
- Amend the soil with compost and manure.
- Start seeds of tomatoes indoors.
- Add bare root roses, fruit trees, and berries to garden.
- Plant new perennial varieties of heucheras, hardy geraniums, and hosta.
- Divide daylilies and other summer-blooming perennials to encourage more blooms.
- Fertilize roses, clematis vines, and perennials.
- Edge the lawn after mowing for a crisp look.
- Spray concrete paths and patios with a moss and algae killer to clean up slippery green growth.
- Renew woodsy pathways with fresh wood chips.
- Fill window boxes, pots, and planters with summer-blooming annuals.
- Move tomato seedlings outdoors on sunny days to harden them off. Bring indoors at night until all danger of frost is passed.
- Seed lettuce, carrots, radish, and other cools season crops directly into the ground.
- Plant lily, gladiola, and dahlia bulbs for summer blooms.
- Prune overgrown lilacs, forsythia, and other spring blooming shrubs after they flower.
- Buy and plant rhodies and azaleas while they are in beautiful bloom.
- Transplant tomato and pepper starts outdoors.
- Seed squash, cucumbers, corn, and other warm-season crops into the soil.
- Clip evergreen hedges.
- Groom spring bulbs by removing yellow, faded foliage.
- Pull weeds before they rob moisture and nutrients from plants.
- Deadhead rhododendrons and prune back overgrown shrubs after they bloom.
- Pinch tall mums, asters, and sedums for more compact plants.
- Fertilize annuals, vegetables, and plants in pots.
- Harvest raspberries and remove old canes as they turn yellow.
- Water your lawn if it rains less than one inch a week.
- Deadhead roses, geraniums, marigolds, and zinnias to keep them in bloom.
- Prune raspberry canes that have already borne a harvest.
- Dig, divide, and replant early-blooming perennials such as iris, poppies, and primroses.
- Deadhead roses, geraniums, marigolds, and zinnias and pinch back petunias to encourage fall blooms.
- Fertilize potted plants and annuals to encourage them to flower until first frost.
- Harvest herb plants. Dry cut herbs on a warm day by placing on top of a screen.
- Bait for slugs, especially in groundcover plantings (vinca, ivy) where they hide.
- Fertilize the grass with a fall and winter lawn food.
- Add berries to the garden so you can taste the varieties before you buy.
- Buy bulbs while the selection is at its best.
- Cover tomato plants with plastic or move potted plants under cover to keep the foliage dry and prevent late blight.
- Spray concrete paths and patios with a moss-prevention product so they don’t become green and slick this winter.
- Add new perennials now -- cooler weather makes roots grow faster.
- Overseed your lawn after raking and spreading a bit of topsoil.
- Flush your drip system, replace clogged emitters, then store above-ground lines and hoses in a shed for the winter.
- Add new evergreens and transplant those that have outgrown their space.
- Harvest onions, garlic, and nuts in mesh bags, and then hang in a cool, dry spot.
- Store green tomatoes by uprooting plants and hanging them from rafters for easy harvest in the months ahead.
- Apply dolomite lime to lawn areas and vegetables beds.
- Plant new groundcovers plants such as Lamium and Vinca minor as mow-free lawn substitutes in the shade.
- Prune tall roses to half their height.
- Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around roses and other tender plants.
- Dig and store dahlia tubers, begonias, cannas, and other tender bulbs.
- Harvest cabbage, kale, lettuce, and squash; let beets, carrots, and potatoes stay protected in the ground.
- Winterize power equipment by draining oil and gas from engines. Clean and sharpen mower blades.
- Collect fallen fruit to prevent overwintering disease spores (fallen fruit also attracts rodents).
- Divide rhubarb plants.
- Clip greens from holly, fir, and cedar and use to fill empty containers and window boxes.
- Refresh your home with new houseplants that clean indoor pollutants from the air.
- Buy and display potted orchid plants indoors for long-lasting holiday decorating.
- Knock heavy snow from evergreen rhododendrons and camellias to keep branches from breaking.
- Sprinkle sand -- not salt (it harms plants) -- over icy walkways near garden beds.
- Write a holiday wish list that includes cool new garden tools.