May – Summer’s Not Far Away

As bulbs fade and plants start to grow in leaps and bounds, it is exciting to know that the warmer weather is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can start, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take soft wood cuttings. It’s also time to start getting back into mowing the lawn again, as the grass will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings.
So get out there.

May Jobs To Do

Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation
Regularly hoe off weeds
Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
Mow lawns weekly
Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
Plant asparagus crowns.
Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs

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