Spring: March, April, May

  • Mulch beds early in season if not mulched in winter
  • Broadcast a light application of 10-10-10 over perennial beds
  • Sharpen lawn mower blades
  • Lawn mowing should be done weekly with no more than 1/3 of the growth cut off at any one time. Set mowers to cut at 3 to 3 ½ inches
  • Most spring-flowering shrubs can be cut back and fertilized afterflowering
  • Deadhead perennials after flowering to extend bloom times in many species
  • Apply pre-emergent to lawns early in March to prevent crabgrass invasion. Spray broadleaf weeds as they appear in lawn

Summer: June, July, August

  • Finish pruning and fertilizing spring-flowering shrubs after blooming
  • Second application of pre-emergent should be applied to lawn early in June
  • Continue to spray broadleaf weeds as they appear in lawn
  • A second light application of 10-10-10 over perennials along with deadheading when needed in mid-summer
  • Look for insect infestation on plants and spray when needed
  • Weed beds frequently to keep weeds from flowering and setting seed
  • Water deeply and consistently throughout summer. At least 1 inch of water per week in 2 applications are advised