The Gardening Year May 2020

What to do now - May

Summer is on its way!

As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching.

Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can also start planting up hanging baskets with tender bedding plants and keep them covered until late May. Our Stainless Steel Hand Trowel is ideal for this task.

It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will benefit from the warmer temperatures that this month brings. You may find that your lawn edges need some attention, so neaten up any uneven areas with our Ultralight Edging Knife and Single Handed Grass Shears.

It is also a good time to give box hedges a light trim with Topiary Shears and to prune early flowering shrubs that flower on last year’s shoots.

Whilst the warm but wet weather of May is waking up gardens everywhere, unfortunately it encourages those less welcome visitors to take root, and many gardens can become overrun with weeds. Clearing these weeds can be a tedious task, but it is imperative that you remove them as if left they can damage and suffocate your plants. Our Ultralight Dutch Hoe helps you get the job done with minimal effort.

 

Quick tips:

  • Tie in the new shoots of climbing plants to their supports
  • Water thirsty crops more regularly as the weather warms up
  • Hoe soil on a weekly basis with a Dutch Hoe
  • Trim topiary bushes to keep them neat and promote fresh growth
  • Remember to check all shrubs for nesting birds before pruning

 

Products to use this month: