May Gardening Tips

May gardening tips are provided by John Morgan, Category Manager Horticulture at Van Hage.

During the sunny days in May, everything is growing well and their are lots for Gardeners to do.

Lawns

May is the ideal time to apply a complete lawn food, we recommend using Evergreen Complete from £8.99, available at all three Van Hage Garden Centres. If you’ve started to notice some worn areas of the lawn, start to aerate and seed, we stock a variety of lawn seeds to suit most gardens.

If you’re looking to replace your lawn, or maybe start a new area of lawn this is an ideal time to start, especially with the current weather conditions – we receive rolls of fresh turf every Friday (please call in store for details). Mowing and edging should now become a regular task to help keep lawns looking fresh and vibrant.

  • Apply a complete lawn food
  • Re-seed any worn areas
  • Lay turf
  • Mowing and edging should now be a regular task

Beds and borders

Most shrubs would be flowering now or just about to, to encourage better performance next year it is ideal to prune them just as they finish flowering – secateurs are available in store from just £3.99. If you’ve planted newly this year it is essential to ensure they are well watered in order to let them establish properly.

Any plants that are struggling to recover from the winter just gone will need to be fed well using a general multi-purpose plant food or similar we recommend Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food. If you’ve planted some taller perennials it is vital to stake and tie them to encourage the tall growth. As the sun starts to shine it’s important to make certain the plants are using the moisture effectively, mulching all beds and borders will really help them thrive.

  • Ensure newly planted stock is kept well watered to establish.
  • Stake and tie in taller growing perennials
  • Feed any plants that are struggling to recover from the winter
  • Mulch beds and boarders to conserve moisture

Seeds

  • Direct sow summer flowering bedding plants into the flowering position
  • Sow hardy bi-annuals, to plant in the autumn and flower early 2015
  • Fruit

    During May it is essential to check all fruit trees and bushes for signs of pests and diseases, making sure to treat them were needed with the correct pesticide – we stock a good range of pesticides that are designed just for fruit trees and bushes. If you’ve planted newly this year it is essential to ensure they are well watered in order to let them establish properly. Blackberry and Raspberry bushes will start to show new growth, it’s vital to tie in the new growth.

    • Check all trees and bushes for the first signs of pests and diseases
    • Ensure newly planted stock is kept well watered to establish
    • Tie in new growth on Blackberry and Raspberry

    Roses

    During May it is essential to check all roses for signs of pests and diseases, making sure to treat them were needed with the correct pesticide – we stock a good range of pesticides that are designed just for roses and produce amazing results.

    If you’ve planted newly this year it is essential to ensure they are well watered in order to let them establish properly. Tie in any new growth on your climbing and rambling roses – this will encourage them to flourish this summer.

    • Check all roses for the first signs of pests and diseases
    • Ensure newly planted stock is kept well watered to establish
    • Tie in new growth on climbing and rambling roses

    Climbing plants

    Most climbers would be flowering now or just about to, to encourage better performance next year it is ideal to prune them just as they finish flowering – secateurs are available in store from just £3.99. Tie in any new growth on your climbing plants – this will encourage them to flourish this summer. If you’ve planted newly this year it is essential to ensure they are well watered in order to let them establish properly.

    • Tie in new growth
    • Ensure newly planted stock is kept well watered to establish
    • Most early flowering climbers perform better the following year if pruned as soon as they finish flowering

    Bedding plants

    A full range of bedding plants is now available in all of our Garden Centres. Following the winter, any over watered planted containers or baskets will be looking past their best, at some point this month they should be re-planted. If you’ve planted newly this year it is essential to ensure they are well watered in order to let them establish properly.

    • A full range of bedding plants are now available, late spring frost must be considered
    • Any over wintered planted containers and baskets will be looking past their best, at some point in May they should be re-planted
    • Any containers that still look good must be kept well watered.

    Bulbs

    • Remove faded blooms as soon as flowers finish
    • Feed all bulbs to put the energy back in for next year`s flowers

    Vegetables

    Vegetable plants are now fully in stock at our garden centres. Be careful to ensure that any new growth is fully supported to encourage the best results from your veg. Potatoes will start to show green shoots and will need to be earthed when you notice this. Greenhouses will start to get really hot inside this month so it’s vital you ventilate them well, remembering to close up late afternoon to retain the warmth overnight. If you’ve planted newly this year it is essential to ensure they are well watered in order to let them establish fresh sowings and plantings.

    • Continue to sow crops in small batches
    • A full range of vegetable plants are now available, late spring frost must be considered
    • Provide necessary support as plants grow
    • Earth up potatoes as the green shoots appear
    • Keep greenhouses well ventilated, close up late afternoon to retain warmth
    • Water as required to establish fresh sowings and plantings

    Houseplants

    As the temperatures start to increase house plants will start to require more water and need to be watched careful for signs of dryness. It’s very important to start to feed at regular intervals – we stock a variety of specific drip feeders just for this purpose.

    Watering

    As May begins to unfold its necessary to irrigate the garden more regularly, if you haven’t got one already a Hozelock Irrigation System will help you will this, with minimal effort you can easily water your entire garden.

    Frost protection

    • Late spring frost if they occur are the bane of all gardeners, be prepared with fleece to give protection when needed.

    If you need any further help or have any more questions please visit any Van Hage Garden Centre where a fully trained Horticulturist can give you even more advice and tips on making your garden flourish this summer.

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