Set up a rain barrel to catch water for garden use. Keep a cover on the barrel when it’s not in use to prevent an unwanted mosquito-breeding site and keep thirsty creatures from drowning. Pull weeds or hoe them when they are small. Weeds pull more easily after rain. Begin to stake plants that will eventually need support. Mulch plants to maintain moisture over dry summer months. Cover the soil between plants, but leave an air space around the stems and centres of the plants.
Plant coniferous trees such as pine, cedar and spruce in late spring, once the soil warms, or early fall, when the leaves start to change colour. Wait for all danger of frost to pass before setting out tender annuals in late spring or early summer. Plant summer- and fall-blooming bulbs. Plant any newly purchased perennials if you haven’t already. Plant for continuous blooms throughout the growing season, keeping in mind the needs of wildlife. Design link. Plant or place mint around your house if ants tend to get into your home, although keep in mind that mint can quickly become invasive and pots or barriers may be beneficial. Acclimatize any seedlings started indoors before planting them outside. Use temporary “houses” outside to shield them from heavy rain, strong winds or temperature dips until they get used to the weather. Prune maples and birches, which bleed in early spring, or wait for early summer.
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