May, the middle of spring, brings with it warmer weather, longer days, and a new growing season in your yard. With pollen levels high, your plants are opening their buds and growing full force, and your lawn is greening up.
So, you’ve done your winter and early spring lawn care, and now you’re wondering what happens in mid-spring. Your May checklist is just as essential as your early spring labors. Neglecting your yard in May spells misfortune in summer. If you want to be the envy of the neighborhood, take care of your yard, and it will take care of you.
There are three principal areas to focus on while moving through your checklist. Look to your grass, trees and bushes, and flowers. Whether you’re looking for a backyard oasis, to inspire jealousy in your neighbors, or to have pleasant curb appeal, following a May checklist will ensure you meet your goal.
MAY LAWN CARE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR GRASS
Fertilization is the most vital part of your May checklist. For a healthy lawn that is as green as can be, fertilize thoroughly and regularly. Use a fertilizer with the right level of nitrogen for your variety of grass.
Pay particular attention to warm-season grass like Bermuda. Start fertilizing in the spring and continue regularly for optimal growth. Warm season grass takes in the most nutrients in warmer weather. Look for slow-release nitrogen fertilizers and limit the level to 1 pound of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of grass.
MAY LAWN CARE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR TREES AND BUSHES
Spring pruning is only done as a final chance to remove winter damage or to direct growth. Pruning the branches you don’t want slows growth in that area, enacting the change in look or direction you want. Pruning unwanted branches accomplishes this change by reducing the number of nutrients being sent to the root system, efficiently stunting growth. Aim for pruning shortly after seasonal growth is complete.
If you’re pruning to enhance flowering, prune your spring-blooming trees when their flowers fade.
MAY LAWN CARE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR FLOWERS
May is the best time to finish planting summer annuals. Petunias, marigolds, and impatiens like touch-me-not benefit from mid-spring planting and will fare better in the high-heat of summer. When de-potting your annuals for ground planting, make sure you gently pull apart the bottom of the root system; this allows the roots to spread better and faster in the soil once planted, enabling more water and nutrients to enter the plant.
MAY LAWN CARE CHECKLIST FOR BETTER LAWN CARE
Your May lawn care checklist isn’t complete without switching from your current commercial lawn care company to a non-traditional, full-service option like Mowbot. A Robot Wrangler will service your yard year-round with services like trimming, edging, and blowing. What makes Mowbot genuinely unique is the robotic mowing units that live and work quietly on your yard, mowing continuously and keeping your grass cut perfectly and healthy. Mowbot is also environmentally friendly, using battery-powered equipment, mowers, and cars. Your May checklist is vastly improved by a free onsite estimate for your own personal Mowbot lawn mower and services.