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The days are really starting to lengthen, giving you more time in the evening to work in the garden. Here are a few things to look at and do.

  • The Lawn. Seeding of the dead patches can still be done now, just make sure if it’s a dry May you irrigate once the seed has germinated.

Cut the grass on the summer height, this is a good month for growth, so be prepared to cut regularly.


Weeding and feeding also can be done. Make sure it rains just after application, if it doesn’t rain irrigate.

  • Slugs and snails. All the new fleshy growth will be making these little blighters drool. Keep an eye out for them. Go out in the evening and you’ll find them moving around. Lots of ways to treat them, beer traps might be a nicer way to go.
  • The garden plants are growing and so are the weeds. Make regular garden visits with the hoe. A little often is always the best way, don’t let this become a big job.
  • If you don’t live in a too cold an area, you might want to start putting out your bedding at the end of this month. If the forecast is not looking good you could always start preparing your beds for next month.
  • Possible frost. It’s getting warmer, but don’t be too complacent. The weather is a capricious thing and May can still have a few frosts.
  • If the hedge needs a cut at this time of year, be sure to check for bird nests. It’s an offence to disturb a nest.
  • Don’t let your pot plants dry out. Even if it’s wet plants in containers and pots need checking. Remember now they’re growing, they will be drinking.
  • Most of all enjoy the garden at this time of year. There are lots of plants flowering away at the moment.