Garden Jobs in May

Spring-Planting-Border

Spring Planting Border

There are plenty of jobs to do this month.

  • Protect plants if night frosts are forecast.
  • Water plants that need it regularly.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
  • Take softwood cuttings of shrubs.
  • Lightly trim box and other formal hedging.
  • Prune Clematis montana after flowering.
  • Take cuttings from herbaceous perennials.
  • Clear pots and containers for summer plants.
  • Pinch out shoots on grapevines.
  • Cut back and divide spring-flowering perennials.
  • Plant out dahlias at the end of the month.
  • Protect young plants from slugs.
  • Clear out spring bedding, and begin hardening off summer bedding plants.
  • Feed fish regularly, and also give a special aquatic fertiliser to water plants.
  • Feed and weed lawns to encourage good growth, as well as mowing regularly.
  • Sow and plant tender vegetables at the end of the month.
  • Protect crops from carrot fly.
  • Continue successional sowing of vegetables.
  • Remove all frost protection from fruit trees and start pruning trained plums and cherries.
  • Ventilate greenhouses and conservatories.
  • Last chance to sow or turf new lawns before it gets too dry.
  • Finish planting evergreen shrubs.
  • Inspect plants regularly for signs of pests and diseases, and nip potential problems in the bud.
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