Landscaping and Gardening Tips for May in The Woodlands

By: Lawn Ranger Company, Inc. | Published 05/01/2024


As the vibrant hues of cool-season annuals fade away, May marks a pivotal transition in our gardens. With temperatures climbing towards the scorching upper 90s, it's time to bid adieu to the comfort of the 80s and prepare for the intensity of summer heat. Now is the opportune moment to consider replacing those declining annuals with varieties that thrive in summertime. Remember, as the mercury rises, spending time in the garden becomes increasingly challenging. Seize the moment before the heat becomes too oppressive.

When introducing new color annuals, start by clearing the bed of weeds and unwanted plants. Turn the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches, enriching it with a 3 or 4-inch layer of compost, rotted leaves, finely ground pine bark mulch, or peat moss. Blend this enriching addition thoroughly into the bed, creating a smooth surface ready for planting.

For visual appeal, opt for staggered rows or a checkerboard pattern when planting new material, as opposed to rigid straight lines or squares. Once planted and watered, surround each plant with a 3 or 4-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Newly planted flower beds require thorough watering initially, followed by deep watering as needed, rather than shallow daily watering. Adjust your sprinkler system accordingly for the changing season, ensuring the soil and roots remain adequately moist. Early morning watering is optimal for plant health. Consider scheduling a checkup and adjustment for your sprinkler system with Lawn Ranger Company to maintain optimal performance.

For your turf grass, now is the ideal time to aerate the lawn and apply a well-formulated fertilizer. Explore Lawn Ranger Company's renowned Green Lawn System, tailored to meet the unique needs of every lawn with timely applications of fertilizer, weed control, and ornamental pest management throughout the year. Trust us to deliver the greenest lawn on the block, enhancing the beauty of your outdoor space.

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