- Feed roses and perennials as they begin to grow.
- Trim back ragged liriope before new growth begins.
- Prune early shrubs such as spirea, forsythia, and French hydrangeas after they bloom, if needed.
- Fertilize both warm- and cool-season grasses as recommended on the bag.
- Plant pansies and cool-weather vegetables immediately.
- Pull weeds before they develop seeds.
- Mulch to keep down weeds and clean up garden beds.
- Plant summer veggies after the garden is frost free and the soil is warm.
- Let daffodil foliage stand until it starts to yellow naturally.
- Fertilize beds of shrubs and perennials as growth begins.
- Plant heat-loving vegetables at least two weeks after the last frost.
- Enjoy springs flowers by keeping a fresh bouquet indoors.
- Make fresh salads now while lettuce is abundant; pull out plants when they begin to grow tall.
- Prune faded flowers from roses and geraniums to improve their appearance and encourage plants to produce more.
- Cut back petunias for tight growth and full color.
- Mow lawns weekly to keep them looking good.
- Cutting the blooms of French hydrangeas such as Endless Summer will help them bloom again.
- Tie tomatoes onto their support to help with the load of heavy fruit.
- Cut the flower stalks of lamb's ears and pull out matted leaves.
- Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during dry weather.
- Water in the morning so foliage dries and disease is minimal.
- Cut back old-fashioned mums by half to make them branch.
- Remove the tips of basil when flowers and seed begin to form.
- Replant summer flowers and vegetables to keep beds productive.
- Save water by using soaker hoses that minimize evaporation. Turn down the pressure on sprinklers to avoid mist.
- Sow seeds of sugar snap peas this month for a fall harvest. Give them a trellis to climb.
- Pull up tired annuals and deadhead the ones that are still healthy. The whole garden will look happier.
- Don't mow drought-stressed lawns too short. Raise your mower level.
- Plant leafy greens -- lettuce, broccoli, collards, and kale --early this month for the fall garden.
- Start a compost pile. There will be much material to add in the months to come.
- Buy bulbs as soon as they arrive for the best selection; store in a cool location until you plant.
- Enjoy a sampling of your garden indoors in a vase.
- Make pesto from your basil before frost blackens its delicious leaves.
- Seal your deck and outdoor wooden structures.
- Plant parsley and cilantro to enjoy the fresh herbs this fall and in spring.
- Remove fallen leaves from your lawn so they don't affect your grass. Blow or vacuum leaves from flowerbeds to avoid breakage from a rake.
- Winterize your mower and other power equipment for the season.
- Plant spring bulbs. Add a few daffodils each year to enjoy a spectacular spring.
- Cut the center stalk of broccoli, but let the plant remain to develop side shoots.
- Gather leaves on your lawn with a bagging mower; they'll compost more quickly.
- Apply a new layer of mulch to give the garden a tidy appearance.
- Prune evergreens for use in holiday decorations.
- Put fresh, fluffy bedding in the doghouse for the cold days ahead.
- Keep bird feeders filled to support winter residents and bring color to your winter garden.