May gardening jobs

Who loves getting in the garden this time of year?

As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching and those gardening jobs for May are due. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It’s also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings.

Here’s 10 gardening jobs for the month of May;

1. Watch out for late frosts, high winds, hail and torrential rain. Protect tender plants if necessary, particular if they haven’t had chance to harden off yet.

2. Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining.

3. Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas), or protect where possible until mid June.

4. Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle water when possible. Install water butts to house and building down pipes to store extra water.

5. Regularly hoe off weeds or heavily mulch to stop only the most determined.

6. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days.

7. Mow lawns weekly, weed and feed as necessary.

8. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges and where possible wait till they have left their nests.

9. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs; plant summer bulbs like gladioli.

10. Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs or if you are really unlucky Colorado beetle on potatoes.

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