Top 5 gardening tips for May

Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Peter Young.

Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Peter Young. - Credit: citizenside.com

SUMMER is fast approaching meaning it is time to make the most of the sunshine and get out in the garden – it can be difficult to know what you should be doing so we have completed a handy list of our top 5 gardening tips for May.

Will you be getting out in the garden this month? Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Jackie Caven.

Will you be getting out in the garden this month? Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Jackie Caven. - Credit: citizenside.com

1. Beware of late frosts

Keen gardeners can get sowing and planting at the start of May, but make sure the morning frosts are gone for good otherwise you risk ruining your seeds and bulbs.

Make sure any established tender plants are protected against any late frosts.

Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Nick Page Hayman.

Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Nick Page Hayman. - Credit: citizenside.com

2. Collect rain water


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Collecting rain water ready for recycling is a great way to keep your water bills down in the drier months when the rain (hopefully) fades away, leaving your lawn desperate for a drink.

You can buy rain water collection tanks from your local garden centre or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can make your own.

Top 5 gardening tips in May. Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Mike Jerrett.

Top 5 gardening tips in May. Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Mike Jerrett. - Credit: citizenside.com

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3. Mow your lawn once a week

It is time to get back into the routine of mowing your lawn once a week.

The grass will be enjoying the warmer weather which May brings so keeping it trimmed is essential to keep it healthy – it is also a great way to add some extra clippings to your compost heap.

Will you be getting out in the garden this month? Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Jackie Caven.

Will you be getting out in the garden this month? Photo submitted to iwitness24 by Jackie Caven. - Credit: citizenside.com

4. Check hedges and trees for nesting birds

Evergreen hedges and trees will be due a trim and climbing trees and shrubs will also need regular pruning.

Be careful for any nesting birds before getting too hands-on with your garden shears though.

5. Air out your greenhouse

Make sure you open up greenhouse vents and doors on warm days. This will allow some of the plants to breathe and hopefully lead to a greater crop.

Do you have any tips you think should be added to our list? Tweet us @NSomTimes.

If you want to spend some time outdoors but do not want to get hands on why not visit one of these: 5 of the best: North Somerset open gardens.

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