What to do in your garden in May

Top 10 gardening jobs for May are:-

·         Prune spring flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, after flowering to keep them compact;

·         Plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed;

·         Tie in the new shoots of climbing plants, including clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, to their supports;

·         Continue sowing annuals, such as California poppies, into gaps in borders for colour from August into autumn;

·         Harden off tender plants before planting them out on 1st June (put them out during the day and take them into a frost free place at night);

·         Hoe weeds in vegetable beds and garden borders regularly to stop them getting established;

·         Mow lawns weekly;

·         Deadhead daffodils and allow foliage to die down naturally;

·         Collect rainwater for garden irrigation later in the summer;

·         Scoop out pondweed, blanket weed and algae from ponds and water features.

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