Garden Center Calendar: May Gardening Tasks

Of course, you’re planning to visit your local garden center this May – gardening is in full swing at this time of year!

Garden Center Calendar

Here at Millcreek Gardens, we’ve got everything you need to transform your northern Utah landscape into an eye-catching showpiece that’s the envy of your neighbors. From gardening supplies to healthy outdoor plants, shrubs, trees and flowers, you can find it all at our Salt Lake City plant nursery.

If you’re not sure where to start with your May gardening, our month-by-month garden center calendar lists all the essential tasks for northern Utah gardeners.

Plant Warm-Season Veggies

Once the threat of the last spring frost has passed, it’s time to get warm-season veggies in the ground. Carrots, potatoes, corn, peas and tomatoes are among the many crops that you should be planting in May.

Plant Annual Flowers

May is also the right time to purchase daisies, lilies, pansies, impatiens and other annual flowers from your local garden center. Get your annuals in the ground now, and you’ll get to enjoy their color and beauty all season long.

Plant Summer-Blooming Flower Bulbs

Now that the soil is warm and workable, it’s ready for your summer-blooming flower bulbs. Planting dahlias, begonias, gladiolas and other summer bloomers is well-worth the effort, as the flowers provide gorgeous seasonal color.

Thin Overcrowded Seedlings

Take a close look at your seedlings. If any look overcrowded, grab a pair of gardening shears and thin them out. Be careful not to disturb their young roots, though, as they may not recover easily from damage.

Divide Ornamental Grasses

Have you seen new growth emerge in your warm-season ornamental grasses? If so, make dividing them a part of your May gardening chore list. You can use the new plants elsewhere in your landscape.

Control Broadleaf Lawn Weeds

Taking care of broadleaf lawn weeds isn’t exactly fun, but weeding is an essential May gardening task. Broadleaf herbicides are most effective when the temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees and shouldn’t be used at temperatures greater than 85 degrees.

Apply Lawn Fertilizer

For the best chance at keeping your lawn green and lush all summer long, now’s the time to apply fertilizer. Your local garden center has a range of options. Ask the staff to recommend a slow-release fertilizer that supplies the nutrients your lawn needs.

Watch for Garden Pests

Another must-do May gardening chore is to monitor your outdoor plants for pests. If you see destructive bugs or notice insect damage, stop by your local garden center for advice on treatments to get rid of the problem.

Would you like more details on any of these May gardening tasks? The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Millcreek Gardens, Salt Lake City’s favorite garden center since 1955, can offer expert tips suited to our northern Utah growing conditions.

The Millcreek Gardens team looks forward to helping you achieve all your landscape goals this spring and summer. Visit our Salt Lake City garden center today.