May has arrived and spring is in full force. This month marks the start of the season's first barbecues, as the days lengthen and the warm summer breezes feel close enough to touch. This is an excellent month to set yourself up for a successful summer. Spend some time in your garden this May. Get some fresh air and enjoy the last days of spring.
If you followed our previous months' tips and tricks, it's time to enjoy lots of gorgeous colour on your hanging planters and patio displays. Take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labour in full bloom. Continue reading to discover Davaon's list of essential tasks and garden ideas for May to ensure a thriving garden all year round.
Enjoy the eye-catching colours from your garden this month
What we’ll cover in this article:
- Top gardening tasks for the last month of spring
- Getting your garden ready for outdoor events
- Grow-your-own: Tip of the Month
- Wrapping Up
Click here for more information on how to plan out the gardening seasons, as well as a wealth of useful tips and tricks for each month.
Top gardening tasks for the last month of spring
Spring cleaning your garden
We recommend starting the month off with a nice stroll through your garden, removing any spent flowers you might spot. Picking the deadheads and trimming back spreading plants allows you to put more energy back into the bulbs, strengthening them for the next season. Of course, it also keeps your flower beds looking nicer for longer.
If you spot overcrowded clumps of daffodils or forget-me-nots, it is best to lift and divide them. Trim any spring-flowering shrubs and take cuttings of soft-wood shrubs such as sage or lemon verbena. Our classic bypass secateurs are an excellent choice for pruning shrubs, flowers and branches as you go. The adjustable grip width lets you switch from fully open to 50% of the width in seconds for all your pruning needs.
Bloomin’ successful planting
If you haven’t placed your plants outside yet, now is the time to get your bedding plants, hanging baskets and patio containers on display. Keep any last signs of frost in mind, though, as the colder temperatures creeping up at night could potentially undo your hard work.
To avoid this, you can leave half-hardy plants outside during the day and bring them back inside in the evenings. Doing this for about a week helps to harden off your garden plants before planting them outdoors. As soon as the risk of frost has passed, tender exotics and dahlias can be added to your flowering beds. Towards the end of the month, it’s finally time to exchange your spring-flowering bulbs with your summer bedding.
It's time to put the plants and flowers you've been growing on full display
Getting your garden ready for outdoor events
Luscious green lawns, hedges, and trees
May marks the best time of the year to mow and feed your lawns. The levels of daylight have increased and the moisture levels are in the perfect range for a healthy lawn. We recommend distributing lawn food every 5-6 weeks and mowing at least once a week. Doing so ensures your garden is ready for all those late summer nights spent in the garden.
Once your lawn is shining in those fantastically viridescent shades, you want to make sure to tend to your hedges and trees. Our telescopic loppers have extendable handles and an advanced cutting mechanism, so you can reach and prune high branches with zero effort. Make sure to check for nests and wildlife whilst shaping hedges and pruning trees.
A patio fit for summer gatherings
Having taken care of your lawns, it is now time to tend to your patio areas and pathways to get your garden ready for outdoor events. When thinking about your grow-your-own beds, late summer nights and al fresco dining may come to mind. Grafted tomato plants and peppers, as well as olive trees and bay leaf trees, can help you create your own beautiful area in your garden, turning your courtyard or balcony into a stay-cation with a Mediterranean flair.
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Grow-your-own: Tip of the Month
If you followed our gardening tips for April and covered up open areas to allow the soil to slowly warm up underneath, your beds should now be ready to transplant tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins. If you haven’t done so already, plant shallots, onions and potatoes. If you planted potatoes in the previous months, they should now be ready to be earthed up.
Whenever possible, make sure to protect your grow-your-own area from pests and birds. May is also a good time to plant out any strawberry seedlings that you have planted in the previous months.
May sees spring coming to an end and beacons the beginning of summer. This is an exciting time for us gardeners. The frequent rainfall, warm temperatures and heightened light levels provide an ideal climate for our gardens to flourish. Perennial plants such as geraniums, delphiniums and aquilegias and of course, cherry blossoms, magnolias and acanthus are colouring our landscapes everywhere we go. Spend some time outside this month with Davaon and get your garden ready for a flourishing season.
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