Thursday, 2 May 2013

Gardening Calendar for May


Gardening Throughout The Year

It's May and all systems go in the garden! 
The days are warmer, jack frost is slipping away- however he is still poking his head round the corner in some areas! Spring bulbs are fading and the beds and borders are coming alive.

As one customer said to us- last month they were considering a complete clear out of a garden at their new house... however one month later the shrubs and plants are awakening and they are glad they weren't too hasty in clearing it as they now can see what had been planted by the previous owners.

Hopefully, you can see the same thing happening in your garden. 
Continuing our gardening calender series, here are 10 jobs for you to do in the garden this month.


What to do in the garden in May?
1. Now is the time to be regularly mowing your lawn. Read our previous grass cutting tips on how to do this correctly.

2. If you haven't already- get those hand tools sharpened- they will be easier to use.

3. Start planning your hanging baskets, you could even make them now if you have a way of protecting them against the late frosts (i.e. greenhouse) Read our separate hanging basket blog for ideas.

4. Slugs! It is very hard to completely eradicate slugs in the garden. Being eco-friendly, we would recommend that you go out in the evening with a pot and pick them out of the plants and then take them to a nearby wasteland or hedge row away from gardens. There are numerous ways to try to trap them - some include adding Vaseline to rims of pots, putting down scooped out orange rind or putting down special copper tape.

5. A good way to prevent daffodils from going 'blind' i.e. producing no flowers, is to give them a feed of general purpose fertilizer when they have finished flowering helping them to build up their strength for next year.

6. The bird nesting season is considered to be 1st March to 31st July, so if you are doing any hedge maintenance be sure to look out for nesting birds.

7. Remember to use water from your water butt or even grey water (dish washing water etc) to water newly planted trees and shrubs.

8. Continue to hoe over the borders to prevent weeds spreading.

9. Don't be tempted to use out of date garden products. Take them to your local council disposal centre where they will have a section for chemicals.

10. Remember that your house plants also need TLC - if you have large pots top dress them with some compost.

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