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First of May marks the first day of Summer. It is time for bedding, planting, feeding and lawn mowing. It sounds like a lot to remember? Don't worry, we have listed all the jobs for you.


Flowers

  • Now that the leaves of roses have emerged you can begin to spray them once every 14 days to ward off blackspot and aphids such as greenfly.
  • Early flowering clematis which has finished flowering can now be pruned back.
  • Perennials should be staked or given support where required.
  • Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside.
  • Regularly water newly planted trees, roses, shrubs and hedging.
Greenhouse
  • Continue to check plants regularly for signs of pests.
  • Regularly water crops in pots and growing bags, daily if needed in warm weather.
  • Feed young plants weekly with a solution of liquid fertiliser.
Fruit & Veg
  • Tomatoes and strawberries should be starting to show signs of flowering shortly. This is the perfect time to start feeding them a high potash feed such as sulphate of potash or tomato feed.
  • Thin out seedlings that were planted earlier in the season, such as carrots and parsnips. When handling young carrots take care not to break their leaves as the scent attracts the dreaded carrot root fly.
  • Hoe around vegetable beds as young weeds emerge. It's far easier to do this now than when weeds establish roots. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients light and water so is very important to keep them to a minimum. Hoeing is best done on a dry day so that the weeds will not recover.
  • Plant out crops being raised in pots under glass, it such as marrows, courgettes and tomatoes
Around the Garden
  • Now is a good time to treat your lawn for moss and weeds and also give it a feed.
  • Newly planted trees and shrubs should be kept watered until the end of the season.