May is the per­fect time to deal with the weeds

Rutherglen Reformer - - Homes & Gardens -

May can be a tricky month for the gar­dener and the cur­rent weather un­der­lines why.

Any thoughts of warm sum­mer sun­shine, and plenty of it, are on the back burner this year, and gar­den­ers have to keep a close watch on the weather con­di­tions.

It may be a month from Mid­sum­mer’s Day, but late frosts are still pos­si­ble, and could prove fa­tal if missed.

Make sure to keep vul­ner­a­ble plants and new shoots pro­tected at night if frost is fore­cast.

Don’t be tempted to put out ten­der bed­ding too early, and be pre­pared to cover it if nec­es­sary. And con­tinue your spring clean. Hoe borders to elim­i­nate weeds be­fore they take hold.

Dan­de­lions are a real pest at this time of year, and if you can’t deal with them per­ma­nently, at least chop their heads off be­fore they seed.

Con­tinue re­mov­ing moss and weeds from paths, ter­races and drives and look out for pests in the gar­den.

Keep chem­i­cal con­trols to a min­i­mum, how­ever; they not only kill off the pests, but also the in­sects that prey on them, such as ladybirds.

Slugs and snails love tulips and de­lights such as young shoots of del­phini­ums, so use pet-friendly slug pel­lets, and drench the ground with liq­uid slug killer to wipe out any pests be­low the sur­face.

De­spite the damp, gar­den­ers should be cut­ting lawns once a week if pos­si­ble, as grass loves the com­bi­na­tion of warmth and wet­ness, and for­get to add the cut­tings to your com­post heap.

For a healthy lawn, ap­ply a high ni­tro­gen sum­mer lawn fer­tiliser, but use care­fully to avoid run-off pol­lu­tion.

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