May gardening jobs: part 2


Hardy geraniums Hello,

Hope you get on well with the second part of my jobs list for May…

Summer bedding
In most areas, it should be safe to plant out geraniums, fuchsias and other tender bedding plants. But if a sudden late frost is forecast, cover the plants overnight with fleece.

Lawn care
Try to cut the grass at least once a week from now until late summer. Trim the edges after you mow – it'll make the lawn look even neater. Use my Lawn Magic lawn fertilizer once every 5/6 weeks during the summer to feed it and build a stronger lawn.

Beat the weeds
Don't let the weeds take over, sort them out now before they get any bigger. Perennial weeds, like ground elder and couch grass, can be sprayed with a weedkiller like Round Up. The easiest way to get rid of seedling weeds, like chickweed, is to hoe them, ideally on a hot, sunny day. 

Bring out hanging basketsSweet pea hanging basket
The last frosts have finished in most parts of the country so it’s safe to put out your hanging baskets up. Pinch out the tips of fuchsias and geraniums to help them grow bushier and produce more flowers.
Red beetle alert
Watch out for the scarlet red beetle that can strip lilies bare in a couple of days. Either squash the pest or spray the plant with Provado Ultimate Bug killer.
Trim California lilacs
Don't get caught napping when spring flowering Californian lilac (ceanothus) finishes flowering. Give it a light trim, removing all the old flowers. Left untouched, it will quickly grow leggy and out of shape.

Take care,


P.S. If you haven't already, take a look at the QVC Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – it's fantastic!

1 Comment

  1. patricia June 17, 2009 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    richard I have a question
    the moss you were selling ? does it stop attacks by crows or seagulls because that is what has happened to my hanging baskets.These were lined with linges from a D.I.Y store.
    thank you Richard

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