May Gardening Jobs Checklist

May Gardening Jobs Checklist

May is one of the busiest months for the vegetable and flower grower. Even the non-gardeners among us can be spurred into action by a spell of sunny weather. Below are a few tips to help you get started with your garden maintenance over the upcoming months!

 

Flowers:

Prune any spring shrubs.

Remove faded spring bedding.

Deadhead any remaining spring bulbs.

Plant out summer bedding and tender annuals after the last frost.

May is the last chance to plant any summer flowering bulbs like dahlia’s.

Put hanging baskets in the greenhouse once planted to establish for a few weeks before hanging outside.

 

Fruit and Vegetables:

Check for snails in the evenings, especially when damp, and remove from garden to reduce the population.

Apply our environmentally friendly nematodes for pest control in the garden.

Sow climbing French beans and runner beans directly outside next to our pea and bean netting.

Plant courgettes and marrows, until they are established it is best to use fleece to protect them from the wind.

Thin out seedlings as and when needed, this will encourage strong, healthy plants.

Every few weeks, sow salad leaves for fresh picking every week.

Put a netting over your strawberries to prevent birds or anything else eating them. It is also recommended to use mulch to protect the fruit from the mud and stop them from rotting.

Keep some extra fleece available in case of any late frosts.

 

Maintenance:

Get wooded furniture ready for summer by applying a wood treatment.

Mow the lawn as often as needed.

Trim topiary to encourage healthy growth.

Weed the garden regularly.

Clip hedges to your preferred size, always check for bird nests before clipping.

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