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May Gardening Advice

This month started with the National Gardening Week and with the bank holiday weekend, we couldn’t have asked for a better combination. Temperatures scored up to 29 degrees in the UK, the hottest May bank holiday ever recorded. May is definitely the month we start to dream of Summer and we can make a proper start to jobs in the garden. Before we dive into what needs doing this month, we thought we’d make the most of the nice weather this week and explore the nursery to see what has started to come into blossom…


We have some lovely stock in at the minute, our nursery is looking beautiful!

Now, back to what needs doing this month! Here are our top 5 jobs …

Last chance for bare roots!

We still have some bare roots left and they can still be planted, but not for long! With the roots being in cold storage, this keeps the plants dormant and safe to get in the ground. Make the most of our end of season sale and bag yourself a Price Slashed Pack which is a mixed bundle of bare roots, containing species such as Alder, Dogwood, Field Maple, Hazel and many more.

Read more on cold storage here.


Prune overcrowded, dead or diseased stems of Clematis montana once it has finished flowering. Untangling the stems can be fiddly, but once you can see where you are cutting, you need not worry about pruning this plant, it will take even hard cutting back very well. Remove any reverted green shoots on hardy variegated evergreens, to prevent reversion taking over.

Evergreens such as Viburnum Tinus and  Skimmia Rubella can be clipped this month, prune out frost damage from other affected evergreen shrubs. If not too woody, shredded clippings can be added to the compost heap, ideally in combination with soft material such as grass clippings. Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as Choisya and Ribesafter flowering.

Cut back tender shrubs and sub-shrubs such as PenstemonCaryopteris and Fuchsia after the danger of frost has passed.

Prune wall-trained Pyracanthas, removing any shoots coming out from the wall, and shortening other new growth to about 8cm (3in). This encourages spur formation, and increased flowering relative to green growth.

Lawn Care

Warmer weather means… Mowing the lawn! For the first mow, be sure to keep your blades set at maximum height, after that lower the blades down and cut it regularly, around once a week. Remember to remove any dead foliage beforehand. Ensure new lawns (either from turf or seed) do not dry out during dry spells. Providing the weather stays nice, now is also a great time to apply some fertiliser and weed-killer to make sure your lawn is as healthy as possible come June. Add any clippings to the compost heap and keep the edges trimmed.

For more information on caring for you Lawn, see our Top Tips and find out How To Tidy Your Lawn Edges.


And finally… Don’t forget to clean your tools!

Taking some time to clean, sharpen and oil your tools will make your summer planting that little bit easier and prevent the spread of disease amongst your plants. And, as gardening tools are not exactly cheap to replace, you want to get as much use out of them as possible before they head to the bin. View our full range of premium Five Acres garden tools and Read our blog post on spring cleaning your garden tools.








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