- Still keep weeds under control as growth now should be rampant.
- Protect fruit blossom from late frosts.
- Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
- Sow hardy annuals and herb seed.
- Start to feed citrus plants.
- Increase the water given to houseplants.
- Feed hungry shrubs and roses.
- Sow new lawns or repair bare patches.
- If you have a small patch to replace try growing some lawn seed in a seed tray on compost and when the grass roots have knitted together and hold the compost, then it can be moved to its new position using the same techniques as for turfing.
- Prune fig trees.
- Divide bamboos and water lilies.
- You can now start sowing hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed in situ outdoors.
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes.
- Protect new spring shoots from slugs.
- Plant summer flowering bulbs.
- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials.
- Top dress containers with fresh compost.
- Mow the lawn on dry days if needed.
- Cut back Cornus (Dogwood) and Salix (Willow) so that the colourful stems will be produced for next winter.
- Prune winter flowering Jasmine once the flowers have faded.
- Sorry but you will need to start weeding now and get on top of them before they get out of hand.
- Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain and remove pond heaters as the very hard frosts should be over by now but the less hard frosts will still be around for a bit, keep an eye on the weather forecasts to decide when to remove the pond heater.
- Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days.
Top 10 jobs for May:
- Watch out for late frosts and protect tender plants.
- Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining.
- Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month and hopefully there will be no more frosts from then onwards.
- Regularly hoe off weeds.
- Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days.
- Mow lawns weekly. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.
- Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs.
- Harden off young plants after all risk of frost has passed this month, plant out tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins that were previously sown under cover. Other young plants can be planted out once conditions are suitable, and once they’ve been hardened off as well.
- Pull off suckers appearing around the base of fruit trees then liquid feed any fruit trees growing in pots with a balanced feed every fortnight.
- On fan-trained trees remove any wayward shoots and tie in better placed ones. Wayward shoots are those that are growing outwards away from the fan shape.
The Burgess Hill SPRING Garden Competition judging went ahead despite the recent outbreak of Corona Virus.
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First Place – Jackie Smith of Cants Lane
Second Place – Paul Barnett of Station Road
Third Place – Sue Price