We hope you are ready to kick off the outdoor gardening season!

-Sow seeds directly into your garden. This includes annual flowers such as zinnias, marigolds and cosmos.

-Harden off vegetable transplants to prepare them for the outdoors. Be sure to wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting any heat-loving plants like beans, tomatoes and squash. Nighttime temperatures should average 55 degrees.

-Prune climbing roses to remove any crossing branches or dead canes. Wait to prune spring-flowering shrubs until after they have bloomed- this includes lilac, spirea, weigela, honeysuckle and forsythia.

-Be on the lookout for wasp nests or other insects that may have made your home theirs so that you can quickly and efficiently control them.