The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
— Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time
For the lawn:
- Remove leaves from your lawn to prevent any diseases.
- Improve your lawn soil and turf! Core aerate, overseed, and top-dress with 1/4 inch of compost.
In the garden:
- Did you test your soil? Make any necessary amendments now.
- The tomato season in the Northwest is about 120 days. Consider seeding indoors!
- Plant trees and shrubs while it’s still cool and wet. Apply mulch to preserve water and feed the roots.
- Now is the time to plant more berry plants.
- Apply compost over garden areas to help improve the soil.
- Spread 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch to keep weeds from germinating.
- Fertilize your shrubs and trees if they need it.
- Plant cool-season crops if soil temperature is above 40 degrees and dry enough.
- Protect transplants from any late frosts with a cover.
- Divide hosta, daylilies, and mums.
- Cut back ornamental grasses a few inches above the ground.
- Prune your houseplants after they have finished blooming. Fertilize and water them as well.
- Test your hoses and sprinklers to make sure that they work.
- Consider building raised beds if you have drainage problems or want to help warm the soil more.