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Gardening Tips - May

Gardening Tips - May

May is a lovely month to be in the garden

Spring is here and the growing season is off to a great start. Show your garden some love this month to get it in shape for summer.

It's satisfying to plant your own hanging baskets and containers. Mix in water-retaining crystals and slow-release fertiliser for long lasting blooms. Trailing plants look lovely cascading down. One of the best selling basket plants is trailing petunia (Surfinia). Impatiens (Busy Lizzies) and lobellia are other favourites. Patio containers can look lovely if you fill each one with a single variety of plant for a burst of colour. You can also fill them with herbs to keep you supplied through the summer. 

Jobs for this month:

  • Give roses a liquid rose feed early in the month, and then another in July. Just follow the instructions for the type of feed you have chosen.
  • Deadhead daffodils and tulips, allowing daffodil foliage to die down naturally. Apply a liquid fertiliser to encourage next year’s flowers.
  • Once the frosts are over, prune shrubs by cutting back dead and untidy branches, keeping new shoots and buds.
  • Weeds are springing up after all that rain, so keep on top of them with a ‘little and often’ approach to stop them taking over.
  • Add a layer of bark chippings around your plants. It helps suppress weeds, keeps moisture in the soil for longer and it looks good!
  • Raise the height of lawnmower blades and don’t cut your lawn too short in summer.

Find time this month to seek out a bluebell walk and let the charming swathes of blue woodland flowers inspire you. If you don’t have bluebells in your garden think about planting drifts of a native English variety this autumn.

Until next month, happy gardening!