Set the lawnmower on its highest setting (you
don't want to terrify the grass!) when you mow and gradually loweer
the cut over the month.
Don't cut down the leaves of bulbs when finish
flowering. The bulbs need to replenish themselves.
Plant and divide herbaceous perennials and
plant summer bulbs. Also a good time to take basal stem
cuttings from perennials when shoots are about 10cm high
(treat them like sotwood cuttings)
Sow hardy annuals including annual or
perennials wildflowers outdoors. Make sure you remove all weeds and
rake level. Try some in containers too.
Continue weeding and mulching.
Check whether containers need
watering. Start potting up any that pot bound.
Start planting up summer hanging baskets and
containers if you have somewhere frost free (and light!)to keep
them or else wait until next month.
Finish planting and moving trees and shrubs
before bud break.
Finish any pruning jobs from last month not
completed yet i.e. roses, summer flowering shrubs and shrubs grown
for their winter stems (e.g. Salix and Cornus).
Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the
first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half.
Start sowing vegetable seed outdoors e.g.
Brassica , beetroot, carrots, lettuce, leeks & peas.
Sow seed indoors of marrows, courgettes,
pumpkins and squash. Also sweet peppers, tomatoes and
Plant out shallots, onion sets and garlic.
Clean and fill bird feeders. Put food out
on bird tables and the ground but avoid
chunky foods like peanuts that could choke fledglings.
Finish putting up and cleaning out nesting
Put up a bee house for solitary bees.
Put out food for hedgehogs - a
dish of cat/dog food along with a dish of fresh water.
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