May Lawn & Garden Checklist

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers and that means it’s time for us gardeners to get to work! Read on for some essential tips to get you off to a good start.


  • Plant the rest of your garden starting in mid-May. However, tomatoes and peppers may want to be delayed until later in May.
  • Fertilize all of your vegetables with our Espoma Garden Food. It is the perfect formulation for all veggies.
  • Weed as needed and apply Hi-Yield Herbicide Granules every 6-8 weeks to prevent weed seeds from germinating.
  • When planting tomatoes and peppers, incorporate Bone Meal or Calcium Nitrate to prevent blossom end rot.

Annual Flowers

Plant after the last chance of frost, which is usually in mid-May. We have several ways to properly fertilize your annuals. Using Fertilome Blooming and Rooting and Fertilome All Purpose Fertlizer in conjunction with each other is a great way to give your plants proper nutrition. We also recommend Fertilome Start and Grow or Osmocote for those who prefer to fertilize once or twice a season!


  • Late May or early June is the next time you should be fertilizing your lawn. We recommend using Fertilome Weed Free Zone, which will also take care of broadleaf weeds during this application (the best time to kill broadleaf perennial weeds is the fall). If you do not need weed control, use Fertilome Classic Lawn Food.
  • Mow your lawn to a height of around 2.5 to 3″, going on the higher side as temperatures increase.
  • Your lawn should receive 1-1 1/2″ of water per week. Water your lawn as needed throughout the week, and remember that deeper watering is better than watering daily.

Trees, shrubs and perennials

As the soils warm up, it is a great time to plant. See our sales associates for questions on proper planting techniques and plant selections that suit your situation.