Are you looking for things to do in the garden this month?
Mulch and water
May is the perfect month to add mulch to your gardens. 3-5cm is the standard depth for most types of mulches. Make sure that you pull it away from the trunks of your plants to create a water well.
Only water your plants/garden if needed as we have had plenty of rain over recent months.
If you have deciduous trees you may be spending time collecting them to add to your compost.
Veg garden - Time pull out and remove any left over summer veggies
Planting in May
Herbs - Parsley, rosemary, oregano, mint and thyme.
Veggies - Cabbage, asian greens, lettuce, rocket, spinach, carrots, leek, radish, turnips, celery, spring onions, cauliflower, peas and broad beans.
Companion flowers - cornflowers, calendula, viola, pansies, marigolds and chamomile.
Evergreen shrubs, trees, ground covers and perennials
Hydrangea - prune the stem above two plump buds and remove any old branches.
Flowering perennials from summer like daisies and salvia area ready to prune back.
If your roses still need pruning now is the time to prune so you get another flowering in June.
Winter pruning of your deciduous trees starts when they have dropped their leaves
May is the perfect time to fertilise your lawn with granular fertiliser the best choice. This will give your lawn the encouragement for prolonged growth which ensures a thick coverage to help prevent weeds taking hold.
Your liquid fertiliser is perfect to maintain colour and look through the cooler months.
Make sure to avoid walking on your lawn when it is wet so that you avoid compaction. Or regularly aerate the lawn if this is an issue.
Roses need to be watches for black spot and powdery mildew.
Fruit trees may need fungicide sprays.
Watch for caterpillars, cabbage moth, slugs, snails and aphids in your vegetable garden.
Do you need help getting your winter garden jobs done? Contact the team at Branching Out Co.