May Lawn & Garden Checklist

Spring has finally sprung! After eagerly awaiting its arrival, it’s time to dust off those gardening gloves and get ready for the season ahead. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or just starting out, now is the perfect moment to refresh your knowledge with the latest gardening tips, tricks, and trends.


  • Plant the rest of your garden starting in mid-May; however, tomatoes and peppers may need to be delayed until later May.
  • Fertilize all of your vegetables with our Espoma Garden Food—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 mid-May. We offer several ways to properly fertilize your annuals. Using Fertilome Blooming and Rooting, and Fertilome All Purpose Fertilizer in conjunction with each other is a great way to provide your plants with proper nutrition. Additionally, we recommend Fertilome Start and Grow or Osmcote for those who prefer to fertilize once or twice a season!


  • Late May to early June is the next time you should be fertilizing your lawn. We prefer using Fertilome Weed Free Zone, which will also take care of broadleaf weeds at this application (the best time to kill broadleaf perennial weeds is the fall). If you are not dealing with 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 to 1 1/2″ of water a week. Therefore, water your lawn as needed throughout the week, remembering that deeper watering is better than watering daily.

Trees, shrubs and perennials

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