National Gardening Week & May Gardening Advice

It’s that time of year again and we are all out and about again enjoying our gardens sprucing them up for summer. Bank holiday weekend is around the corner and with it being National Gardening Week, we thought we would run a competition! For your chance to win an amazing gardening kit including pots of Lavender Angustifolia, RootGrow, After Plant, Bonemeal and a hand tool set from our premium Five Acres Garden tools!

How many pots of Lavender are hiding in our Garden?

Competition has now closed! – Thank you to everyone that entered 🙂

Email your answer to competitions@hedgesdirect.co.uk along with your name, address and contact details and 5 winners will be picked at random! Competition closes Monday 6th May 8pm and the winners will be contacted via email.

With it being National Gardening Week, why not get out in the garden and get May’s jobs done and dusted meaning you can enjoy both bank holiday weekends. Let’s hope for some bank holiday sun as well!

Evergreens such as Viburnum Tinus and  Skimmia Rubella can be clipped this month, prune out frost damage from other affected evergreen shrubs. If not too woody, shredded clippings can be added to the compost heap, ideally in combination with soft material such as grass clippings. Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as Choisya and Flowering Currant after flowering.

Cut back tender shrubs and sub-shrubs such asPenstemonCaryopteris and Fuchsia after the danger of frost has passed.

Prune wall-trained Pyracanthas, removing any shoots coming out from the wall, and shortening other new growth to about 8cm (3in). This encourages spur formation, and increased flowering relative to green growth.

Remove any reverted green shoots on hardy variegated evergreens, to prevent reversion taking over.

Check for nesting birds before clipping any hedge! 

It’s the time of year to be getting them lawns in tip top shape!

For the first mow, be sure to keep your blades set at maximum height, after that lower the blades down and cut it regularly, around once a week. Remember to remove any dead foliage beforehand. Providing the weather stays nice, now is also a great time to apply some fertiliser and weed-killer to make sure your lawn is as healthy as possible come June. Add any clippings to the compost heap and keep the edges trimmed.

Ensure new lawns (either from turf or seed) do not dry out during dry spells. Keep off them for as long as possible to allow establishment. Don’t worry over a flush of weed seedlings in newly seeded turf. These will disappear once regular mowing begins.

For more on lawn care read our blog post.

Continue to keep on top of removing moss and weeds from your paths and terraces, it’s not just the plants that are growing at a fast speed at this time of the year. Stock up on some weedkiller which will kill off most weeds for at least a couple of months. And, keep your eyes peeled for any pests that might have made a home in your garden, keep an eye out on them pesky slugs and snails! To keep control, try trapping them grapefruit skins remembering to collect them up and disposing of them. There are also non-chemical traps available such as Slug Umbrellas and Nemaslug Slug Killer – use pellets only sparingly.

Viburnum beetle grubs start nibbling holes in the leaves this month, giving plants a tattered appearance. Inspect V. tinus and V. opulus regularly and spray or pick off the grubs by hand.

If you have any sad weathered looking fence panels, give them a lick of paint this month, you’ll thank yourself later come the summer BBQ’s!

info taken from RHS

64 thoughts on “National Gardening Week & May Gardening Advice

  1. We have just finished making high beds for our front garden would love to add lavender what a wonderful scent this would be to walk through

  2. The competition is now closed! Thank you to everyone that has entered. We will announce our winners this evening via email so keep your eyes peeled in your inbox 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *