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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