Jobs to do in the garden in May

In May, the chance of frost has all but gone, meaning you can really get your teeth into getting the garden looking great. The soil temperature has begun to rise, which means plant and grass growth increases too.
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Lawn care

You are probably cutting the grass at least once a week on your lowest cutting height by now and getting tired of the same old routine. To mix it up a little why not add some stripes or interesting pattern to your lawn. By using a lawn mower with roller like the Flymo Chevron 32VC, you can add stripes or patterns easily.

Stripes are added by the flattening and bending the grass as you cut. This in turn changes the angle at which the light reflects off the grass blade – giving the impression the grass is a different colour.

If you have any bare patches of grass, sowing grass seed is perfect. Since the ground is still moist and the air is warm, it's the ideal growing conditions.

Remember not to let newly sown lawn seed or new turf dry out in hot weather. Keep the soil moist to ensure that it continues to grow. Avoid cutting new grass from seed until it is at least three inches in height.

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Plants & vegetables

Start the month off by tidying your spring plants and cutting them back. Remove any fleeces you may have placed on your plant pots during the winter.

By now you should be potting up any seeds (now small plants) you may have sown in April, or even planting them directly into the ground for the upcoming summer. Before planting out, remember to harden them off for a few weeks first, taking them out of the greenhouse during the day and then back into the greenhouse during the night.

For tender vegetables planted into the ground like lettuce, cabbage etc. you may benefit from covering your crops with a sheet to prevent nuisance birds from eating them.

Slug prevention

Whatever treatment that you’re using, you should concentrate on using it around the bases of hedges and shrubs. The pesky creatures that are slugs and snails often live in the cover of larger plants – if you put a good circle of deterrent around these, you’ll be fine.


If you have a pond, you may need to scoop out any algae and/or blanket weed. You should leave the blanket weed overnight on the side of the pond so any pond creatures can find their way back in! Frogs and toads are great to have in the garden, and love to chomp on nuisance pests that might like the taste of your plants and vegetables.