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This Month's Gardening Tasks.


Garden maintenance.

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No more excuses. Find out what needs to be done this month to keep your garden neat and tidy.

Specific Gardening tasks.

Moriati's Compost Method.

Find out how to make the finest garden compost using the minimum of effort and money. This article remains pretty much in its original form as it appeared in 1998 apart from the gradual addition of photos. Moriati not only invented this method of composting, he is also responsible for the now common term 'Green Dalek'.

Making neat lawn edges.

Edges of the lawn can make or break the beauty of your garden. Learn how to make nice edges to your lawn in this step-by-step guide.

Sweeping leaves.

Don't you just love them. One minute they look lovely on the trees, next they are all over the garden. The only easy way to deal with this is to pay someone else to do it, but why do so many folks insist on making the task as hard as possible for themselves? Get clued up.

Caring for Wisteria.

Wisteria is one of those plants that when grown well is a classical show stopper, but in the wrong hands can stubbornly refuse to flower.

Caring for Hydrangea.

Hydrangea plants require complex pruning once a year if they are to be a real asset to the garden. Step-by-step guide with photos.

Coming shortly..

Tools of the Trade.


Caring for Lawns.


Caring for Hedges.


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May tasks.

Now it is time to get busy as the warmer weather makes everything grow at an alarming rate. The luxury of putting the gardening off until next week no longer exists as all corners of the garden scream for your attention at the same time. Many jobs are no longer "Do once and forget" but require repeating on a weekly basis.

The best policy now is to give short but regular stints of work in the garden, focusing on one task at a time. It is better to do half an hour or so every day rather than setting aside a whole day or afternoon. That is the day it will rain, and before you know it, the garden is totally out of control.

May is probably the busiest month of the year for the gardener as this month sets the scene for the entire summer.

List of tasks.


Ensure that pathways are clear such that normal walking is not impeded in any way. Nothing is worse than walking into dripping wet leaves or manoeuvring round overhanging branches while walking along a path. Trim back any branches that stick out into the walking area.

Consider the bottom levels as well. Plants that flop onto the path make the task of sweeping that much harder than is really necessary. If the broom has clear space, it will not snag the bushes causing more leaves to fall.


May summary

There is no time to put your feet up this month as while you plant flowers in one bed, weeds will grow in the others. The spring to summer changeover takes top priority, but lawns and hedges are now growing fast and will demand a fair amount of your time. Ignore them at your peril. They will not stop growing just because you are tired.

Keep a close watch for pest and disease problems and try to take a daily tour of the garden. Water all containers and any bedding plants regularly as these are at risk of being killed very quickly for lack of water.