May

  • Summer is nearly upon us! Avoiding cold areas, start planting your summer bedding and fork in a fertiliser, clearing out any spring bedding as it fades.
  • In the case of a dry spell, keep all flowers, trees and plants well watered.
  • If you have planted any hanging baskets, put them in the greenhouse until the risk of frost is gone, similarly for any tender plants.
  • Deadhead spring bulbs (but do not cut the foliage back yet).
  • To prevent them from becoming overgrown, prune spring-flowering shrubs.
  • Using a straw or black polythene, mulch around strawberries to prevent the fruit being spoiled.
  • If peach and nectarine are showing signs of leaf curl, destroy the affected leaves.
  • Harvest any early Rhubarb.
  • Most vegetable crops can be sown but delay if the soil is cold and wet. 
  • Plant a main crop of potatoes and/or earth up any early crop potatoes.
  • Keep applying a weed killer and fertiliser combination to your lawns or spot treat as an alternative.
  • Ventilate your green house well and damp down on sunny days as long as seed are not being raised.
  • Watch for pests and treat immediately using either a chemical spray or a biological control.
  • If you have a pond, keep the pumps and filters running constantly and feed fish if they are near the surface.
  • Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation.
  • Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.