It’s officially May, and while many of us have likely already had our first barbeque of the year, it’s not long before garden party season will be in full swing.
After a long winter, it’s likely your garden will need a little bit of a glow up as we creep closer to summer.
So, with the threat of frost well and truly over, it’s time to start planting, weeding and mowing the lawn, so you can set your garden on the right path for a beautiful summer.
Here are the gardening tasks you should get started on this month:
Mow and repair the lawn
Usually making up the largest portion of your garden, your lawn is visually one of the most important jobs to tackle head on when sprucing up your garden, especially if winter has left your lawn damaged.
‘For the first cut, keep the mowing height slightly higher than usual to avoid causing any damage,’ advises Samantha Richards, an expert from Gazeboshop.
‘If you notice any bare patches in your lawn, consider re-turfing or sowing lawn seed in these areas,’ she adds.
Remember that lawns are precious: not only do they benefit the environment, but they add more value to your home than artificial grass, so take good care of them.
Begin planting for the warmer months
Although you may have already begun planting many of your favourite flowers and plants earlier in the spring, early May is the best time to plant lavender or perennials, says Richards.
‘May is a great time for these plants to thrive as the ground becomes moist,’ she says.
‘Planting these during the beginning of the month should ensure they bloom by late summer.’
Water your plants more as they could dry out
Now that the weather is gradually heating up and rainy days becoming less frequent, you can’t afford to be as lax when it comes to watering the plants.
‘Now is the time to keep an eye on your plants and check how quickly your soil is drying out,’ says Richards.
‘If the weather begins to warm up, your plants may need watering if it is a dry month.’
Get rid of garden weeds
If you want your garden to thrive, you need to get on top of the weeds, which can threaten the survival of your plants.
It’s a tedious task, but it’s a necessary one.
Richards advises pulling weeds out if you’re looking for a cost-effective way to remove them.
‘Hot water also works to kill weeds and their seeds, as well as using mulch over soil and around plants,’ she adds.
‘Mulch can help to control weeds, both preventing them from growing and killing existing weeds in your garden.’
If you haven’t already, plant tomatoes
If you’re hoping to enjoy some homegrown tomatoes in your summer salads this year, it’s time to plant your tomatoes, either in a greenhouse or a sunny spot in your garden.
‘Starting your tomatoes from seed and introducing them to outside temperature slowly is the best way to go, planting them once they reach 12-15cm tall,’ says Richards.
‘For keen gardeners who have already planted their tomatoes inside, May is a great time to move them outside to a sunny but sheltered spot.
‘Plant your tomatoes in 30cm pots or borders with plenty of well-rotted garden compost for the best results.’