The blossom is on the trees, it’s warming up and there’s nothing we like more than getting into the garden in May. It starts to decidedly feel as if summer is making an arrival and that’s when we look out into our gardens and it dawns on us just how much we want to do to make them look beautiful for the coming months. There are always plenty of jobs to get done in the garden, but now the weather is starting to turn (for the better) getting out there and ticking things off the to-do list is starting to seem a lot more appealing.
As always we are here to help you with our expert tips and advice on what you should be doing this month. So read out to find out the key things to do in your garden in May…
Top tips for what to do in your garden in May…
– If you haven’t mown your lawn yet, and think it is ready to be cut be sure to keep your blades set at maximum height for the first mow. After that lower the blades down and cut it regularly, around once a week. Providing the weather stays nice, now is also a great time to apply some fertiliser and weed-killer to make sure your lawn is as healthy as possible come June.
– Are you growing strawberries? To keep the fruit clean and make sure no mould grows, lay straw between the strawberry plants. And, keep all your other fruit that’s growing well watered in dry spells.
– Save the rain water. Ensure you have a working system, like water butts, to collect all the rain water that falls throughout spring – it’ll prove invaluable in the long run.
– It’s time to plant some roses! This fabulous flower has been developed to such an extent that there is now a rose for any garden, large, medium or small. In a small garden, why not try a groundcover rose – low growing but with dense foliage to smother weeds – perfect for edging drives or paths, great examples are pink ‘The Fairy’ or the white ‘Kent’. If you’ve got a big garden, or have something ugly you want to hide, try a rambling rose like the magnificent white ‘Rambling Rector’ – they can grow as big as 25 ft or more across!
– The beginning of May is the perfect time to plant up a container with perennials rather than annuals. Because they come back year after year it’s a really economic option, and you can transplant them later into the garden if you want. Choose from penstemons, agapanthus, sedums, heucheras…or whatever takes your fancy. The, hopefully, warmer weather and rainfall will help them settle in nicely.
– Say goodbye to slugs and snails! You’ve got to be ruthless with the snails and slugs in your garden at this time of year before they get the chance to have a taste of your tulips.
– If you’re thinking of growing some vegetables this year then now is the time to start. Marrow, courgette and sweetcorn are all ready to be sown in the greenhouse. Not forgetting the likes of brussel sprouts, kale, peas and swede – either keep them in the greenhouse, or keep them covered outside. And, as soon as your potatoes break through, earth them up.
– As long as there is minimal risk of frosts you can plant some summer bedding plants outdoors. Be sure to wait until the end of the month and don’t be tempted to plant them if the weather is still bad, it won’t hurt to plant them in early June instead.
– There’s no better time to give your evergreen hedges a trim to get them looking neat and tidy. Smaller hedges can be tackled with shears, but you may need a hedge trimmer for larger bushes. Make sure you check the hedge for any nesting birds before you go straight in and start chopping!
– Continue to keep on top of removing moss and weeds from your paths and terraces – it’s not just the plants that are growing at a fast speed at this time of the year. Stock up on some weedkiller which will kill off most weeds for at least a couple of months. And, keep your eyes peeled for any pests that might have made a home in your garden.