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Dan Bouchard | Long Hill

Not sure what you should be doing in your yard and garden this time of year? Here are some tips on what to do in April and May from Dan Bouchard, Superintendent (and horticulture guru!) at Long Hill in Beverly. Read on and then head on out there to get your hands dirty.

  • Plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day on April 26!
  • Divide fall-blooming perennials, such as asters, chrysanthemums, and Japanese toad lilies.
  • Try to do any transplanting of small trees and shurbs before buds break; less stress on the plants this way.
  • Prune summer flowering shrubs and vines, such as roses, butterfly bush, blue mist shrub, hydrangea, and clematis. Note: Be sure to do some quick research on how to properly prune. A super handy resource is Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning: What, When, Where, and How to Prune for a More Beautiful Garden.
  • Take a look around and note spots that look like they could use more spring bulbs next year. You'll want these notes when it's bulb planting time this fall.
  • When planting, get your hands in the dirt and try to incorporate some compost into the soil.
  • Once it's time to mow the lawn, remember that mowing high (2.5–3" tall) discourages weeds.
  • For the veggie garden: plant potatoes, start seedlings of cucumbers and squash indoors.
  • Get yourself (or perhaps your mom!) a new plant to try out this year. Our annual Long Hill Plant Sale is on May 18.
  • Go for a spring walk in a gorgeous garden for a bit of inspiration!