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May Garden Activities – for Canadian Hardiness zones 4 and 5

May 2

  • transfer bedding annuals to outdoors in a protected area or cold frame to harden-off
  •   sow annual seeds including vegetables directly into the soil
  •   check trees for tent caterpillars and other insects
  •   repair any winter damage to lawn, over-seed where necessary (wait 6 weeks after applying corn-gluten meal)
  •   plant perennials, shrubs, trees and hedges
  •   fertilize lawn and start mowing, aerate if necessary
  •   prune summer flowering shrubs
  •   plant annual bulbs (cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, etc.) directly into soil
  •   add compost or well-rotted manure while planting
  •   mulch new beds or top-up the mulch on older beds
  •   transplant tender flowers and vegetables after risk of frost passes


May 2
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