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Gardening Tasks This May

As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is safe to say that Summer is just around the corner. Your clients are going to need as much guidance as possible for keeping their garden in the best condition possible throughout the year, so it’s important that they are aware of general tasks that are needed to be followed. This week we have a selection of tips for May.

Sowing and Bedding Gardening tasks

Depending on weather variations throughout the region, it is now the ideal time to begin thinking about sowing and planting out bedding, and you can take softwood cuttings. However, it is important to not jump on this action just yet as night temperatures can still fall below zero, so it is best to leave this gardening task until the end of the month.

Listen to the Plants

As the weather becomes warmer and drier, it is an important gardening task to take more note of what each plant needs. Seedlings will need watering and established plants will need to be watered and liquid fed. It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for potential garden pests such as aphids and to spray them accordingly.

Remove Necessary Weeds that are Beginning to Grow

Weeds, a common garden nemesis, will be quick to take advantage of the warmer climate. It’s now time to tick off this gardening task and give these pests some special attention and hand weed newly emerging flower and vegetable seedlings. Remember to hoe between the rows in seed beds too. Once the perennials, annuals and bedding plants have fully grown, they will smother out most weeds.

Tubs are a very Important Gardening Task to Remember

Though there is a lot to be done about the flower and vegetable beds, it is important that you do not forget to attend to tubs and containers, which will soon transform into a flourishing outdoor display now that Summer is on its way.

Lilies grown in pots can be moved out towards the end of the month to add more life to the garden with their naturally beautiful design. Place them somewhere that is sunny and sheltered and be sure that they are well watered on a regular basis.

Take Care of your Grass

Remember that all grass related gardening tasks must be completed by the middle of May. This includes sowing seeds, any turfing, the last spring feeding or any applications of moss killer. It is also time to get back into the lawn mowing routine, as the green grass will be enjoying the warmer temperature that May brings.

Protect Fruits

If there were an ideal time to tick of a gardening task and start protecting berry shrubs, it would be now. Putting netting around strawberry canes and other soft fruit bushes will prevent birds from eating your crop early on. You can also cover maturing corn ears with paper bags and lay garden fabric over germinating seedlings to foil the birds.

Get Those Garden Canes Ready

Chances are you will be dealing with plants that will need support as they grow, so it is a good idea to tick off a gardening task by adding garden canes now. That way you only need to tie them as they get taller and taller.

Check your Kitchen Garden

If you are dealing with a kitchen garden, you may have an additional gardening task for May as it may already be time to harvest some of your crop. Foods such as potatoes or asparagus will be ready by this time of the year, so it’s a good idea to check up on them every day to see if they are ready.

With a 40-year history of serving the landscaping and gardening industry, we understand the importance of keeping plants and gardens well maintained over the space of a year, which is why we believe there are certain gardening tasks that must be followed on a regular basis throughout the year. Ladybrook’s 13 acre nursery offers a wonderful range of plants for your landscaping and gardening needs, so contact us today to find out more, or have a look at o

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