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Midwest: May Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

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Deadhead spring bulbs—don’t cut them back. As tulips (Tulipa spp. and cvs., Zones3-8), daffodils (Narcissus spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9) , and other spring bulbs fade, only remove spent flowers. Bulbs need all the energy they can harness from their leaves, so resist the temptation to remove yellowing foliage too early.

Divide crowded perennials and grasses. Pot up and grow on some divided grasses to pop into tired annual containers for instant impact in the fall.

Photo: Christine Alexander

Visit garden centers with a plan in mind. Keep your shopping list handy. It’s easy to fill your cart with the brightest spring flowers, but don’t forget about shopping for fall bloomers and grasses that you’ll appreciate later in the year.

Erin Presley is a horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

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