Brent and Becky’s Bulbs/Newport News Daily Press Once daffodils start to fade, you can start using mulch in your yard. The last average frost date is May 10 for southern Iowa and May 15 for northern Iowa.
The last average frost date is almost here.
It’s May 10 for southern Iowa and May 15 for northern Iowa. That means you can plant just about anything outdoors now and not worry about it getting damaged by cold.
So tuck in those tomato plants, peppers, basil, marigolds, impatients and others after that date.
Here is your May gardening to do list:
• Plant gladiolus corms, canna rhizomes and tuberous begonia tubers now that the soil is adequately warm.
• Finish planting lettuce and spinach from seed.
• You can continue to divide perennials that bloom in the summer or fall now, as needed or desired. Hold off on dividing those that bloom in late spring until either after they bloom or this fall.
• Finish up pruning trees, shrubs, evergreens and roses now as desired.
• Continue to plant trees, shrubs and roses. However, avoid planting bare-root roses and other…