Summer gardening calendar
These activities can be done on any day of the week — By Ellen Wells, Globe Correspondent
Switch out your annual flower color scheme from springy pastels to hot oranges, reds, and purples.
As summer heats up, let your grass grow taller, to 3 inches, to shade the soil and conserve moisture.
Watch for pests as your veggie garden starts producing.
Continue removing suckers from tomato plants.
Trim evergreen trees and shrubs.
These guidelines are all dependent on Mother Nature, of course, and your location. For the Boston area, Zone 6 hardiness puts the last frost date around May 1. For Zone 5, add a week; Zone 4, add two. But that doesn't mean cold nights are gone for good. Keep a careful eye on your local weather forecast to watch for unseasonably cold temperatures. Find your USDA Hardiness Zone at www.garden.org/zipzone.
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