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Gardening expert shares the nine jobs you should complete before June


As we approach the mid-point of May, with the sun hopefully here to stay, there are some essential gardening tasks you need to complete before June arrives.

A gardening expert has revealed the jobs you should undertake before the month ends to ensure your garden is in full bloom by summer.

Michael, a Dobbies Brand Ambassador who shares gardening tips and tutorials on TikTok under the handle @themediterraneangardener, has outlined nine key tasks to check off as we head towards the summer months.

One crucial task he recommends is tackling slugs and snails to prevent them from ruining your hard work. He suggests reducing the snail population by conducting regular hunts, particularly when the weather is damp.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) notes that the netted field slug, brown soil slug and common garden snail are among the species most likely to be found feeding on garden plants, reports the Daily Record.

The social media gardening guru also advises pruning your lavender to prevent it from becoming leggy, which is when the plant grows long stems with few flowers.

Gardeners should also plant out any summer bulbs such as dahlia tubers and cannas. Lawn care is another important task to complete by the end of May.

So, what are the nine gardening tasks you should tackle this May?

  1. If you didn’t prune your lavender at the end of summer you can do that now to stop it going leggy.
  2. If you’re going to reseed your lawn do this by the end of the month.
  3. Apply nitrogen-rich summer lawn feed to encourage leaty growth.
  4. As the weather warms up it’s a good time give everything a good clean.
  5. You can plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed and tie in the new shoots of climbing plants like clematis and wisteria to their supports.
  6. Apply liquid feed to tulips, daffodils for a good display next year.
  7. Plant out summer bedding and tender annuals like sunflowers and cosmos after the last frost.
  8. Harden off tender plants raised indoors remembering to bring them back in at night.
  9. Reduce snail populations by going on regular hunts, especially during damp weather.

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