The Gardening Year May 2018

What to do now - May

May - Summer's 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 take softwood cuttings.
  • It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures that this month brings.
  • Start planting up hanging baskets with tender bedding plants, and keep them covered until late May.
  • It is also important to give box hedges a light trim and to prune early flowering shrubs that flower on last years 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 are being 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 wanted plants.