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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary
May

Spring has definitely sprung and it’s time to attack the garden outside to ensure that everything is up and running ready for a beautiful summer. Spring flowering shrubs such as Japanese quince and viburnum plants are coming into flower.  Shrubs, lawns and the vegetable areas need attention and you need to keep an eye on weed growth to ensure your hard work isn’t all in vain.

Beds and Borders . .
Stake tall growing perennials such as delphinium, lupin, peony, Michaelmas daisy, japanese anemone and foxtail lily. This will ensure stems remain upright and will not fall foul of windy weather.  An organic mulch applied around the root area of perennials will help to keep soils moist and plants thriving.
Buy your bedding plants of choice early in May and harden them off in your back garden. Keep them watered well and give them a fortnightly liquid feed. Placed close to a south-facing wall they will gradually get used to colder conditions and you will be able to cover them easily with newspaper if a frost is forecast in the run up to planting out.

Slugs and snails are a particular nuisance in spring when their voracious appetite can quickly ruin emerging shoots and new foliage from plants such as delphiniums, hostas, dahlias, sweet peas and tulips. Knowing slugs move and feed at night many gardeners go out with a torch at dusk to pick up and destroy these nocturnal plant destroyers. I prefer to use Nemasys Slug Nematodes, they get to work beneath the surface and love showery weather.

Patio Tubs & Baskets…
Potted tulips will be in flower and lilies will be growing taller now and may need staking to prevent wind damage. Three or four stakes around each pot are a good idea as you can then hold all the stems upright by twisting twine between each upright. Beware the larvae of the red lily beetle that may be eating their way through the foliage of your glorious lilies. You can recognise them by the sticky black frass they carry on their backs to protect them from attack.

It’s time to plant up growing bags and patio containers with decorative flowers and productive fruit and salad vegetables. It is still possible for late spring frosts to be felt during the first half of May so make sure you have some fleece or newspaper handy to cover your tomatoes, peppers, geraniums and petunias if the weatherman forecasts freezing temperatures. The Giant Planter are the best growing bags to use for tomatoes and other vegetables such as peppers, aubergines and lettuce.

Patio Care…
Need some help killing mould, algae and moss on hard surfaces?

Moss, algae and moulds grow most vigorously in the cool, wet weather of winter when light levels are low and outdoor surfaces are moist. Their unsightly appearance is most obvious in early spring when you will first notice that surfaces are dark, dingy and often slippery. Hand scrubbing or brushing is time consuming and messy, and pressure washing is not recommended on tarmac.
Now is an ideal time for an application of Brinton’s Patio Magic, it’s ideal for use on all hard surfaces including patios, driveways, paths, walls, brickwork, greenhouses and conservatories.

Lawncare…
Mild, damp weather is normal for May and as a result lawns should be growing strongly. A weekly cut with your mower is almost always needed as this is the time of the year that grass growth hits its yearly peak. For a great looking lawn don't cut the grass less than 2cm or you will risk putting it under stress,  2cm tall is short enough to look good and long enough not to weaken the grass.

For lawns that take a lot of wear and tear the height is best kept to 4 to 5cm (2in) so that each plant is strong enough to withstand hectic play from adults and children.

Most lawns struggle to survive summer weather and the wear and tear of games, entertaining, picnics and sunbathing. Children and animals can add an extra burden to an already stressed-out piece of grass, but you can build up the strength of the grass and the thickness of the turf now by removing competition from weeds and feeding the lawn.  If your grass is pale and thin, try a dressing of lawn Feed. Spread the granules evenly over the area at the correct rate and you will see the grass turn visibly greener after just 7 days.
If your struggling with feeding or weeds like Dandelion’s,  call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439 or visit our www.greenergardens.co.uk for more details.

Grow your Own…
It's time to sow seeds of tender crops that need some time to grow before planting out at the end of the month when all frosts are over. Runner beans, French beans and sweet corn fall into this category as they germinate easily and grow really fast. For best results sow single seeds in individual pots of seed and potting compost and keep them on a light windowsill or in a cold frame so they are protected from late frosts.

Varieties of runner beans have come a long way. The latest news from Thompson & Morgan is that they have bred a runner bean that produces predominantly self setting plants. So the days of failure to set pods whenever the weather gets warm is a thing of the past. Their variety called 'Moonlight' which offers the same valuable characteristics of French beans in that they produce extra smooth, very fleshy, stringless pods up to 25cm (10in) long with a great texture and a true runner bean flavour.

Topical Tip
Continue to sow short rows of rocket, open lettuce and mixed salad leaves so that you can pick salad greens for weeks to come.

If you would like help with any lawn or hard surface projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439. We would be delighted to provide a no obligation quotation.

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