May Planting Guide & Checklist

  • ground covers and by the middle to end of the month
  • hot weather annuals
  • bermuda grass
  • vegetables and perennial herbs in prepared soil or containers.
  • Prune spring blooming shrubs such as forsythia after they finish flowering.
  • Prune climbing roses after their blooms fade.
  • DO NOT prune live oaks and red oaks at this time.
  • Aphids and powdery mildew on roses, ornamentals, and vegetables
  • Black spot on roses. Apply fungicide as necessary according to label directions.
  • Watch for and treat bagworms on junipers and other conifers
  • Begin mowing warm grasses every 5 to 7 days. Maintain at 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches
  • Mulch planting beds to conserve moisture, deter weeds and keep soil cool.
  • Be attentive to the water needs of new plantings.