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Week of May 1, 2023

Forsythia should be pruned immediately after flowering.Forsythia should be pruned immediately after flowering. Their new flower buds form by early June. The branch tips of forsythia will root where they touch the ground if not pruned back.

Harvest no more than a third of the stems on a rhubarb plant.

Apply any preventative grub control in May. These typically need to be watered but check the label directions for more information. Visit our locator map to find a local garden center near you!


Geranium pratense aka Splish-SplashMCH specialist Joseph at Pemberton Garden Services Inc. recommends geranium pratense ‘splish-splash.’ This hardy cranesbill geranium is a larger species with a great bloom time and multidimensional appeal. The petals appear to have been flecked by blue-violet paint in a non-uniform way and adds a fun uniqueness, as well as a great compliment to unique flower shapes and contrasting colors. The foliage can also take on some golden/ruby hues in fall.


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