20 Apr

Gardening in May: The to-do list

May is here! Two more bank holiday weekends!

It’s been a weird Spring so far with the UK in lockdown. You’ll see from our social pages we have been out and about as much as we can, where we can keep to social distancing regulations, access gardens safely and help to make everyone’s gardens a lovely space to be in this weather, when it is a family’s safe space. There was also a notice issued to discourage DIY and home gardening because of the number of injuries leading to A&E whilst the NHS is under such a huge amount of strain, so please be careful!

If you are at home and gardening safely here are a few ideas for you. Otherwise we are here if you need us, as always book ahead as this is our busiest time of the year.

If you are in need of plants, compost and other supplies, there are local nurseries offering delivery and/or collection.

The independents : Lakers (Winslow), Twigs (Buckingham), Buckingham Garden Centre are all offering services via email or call back, check their Facebook pages for updates. We have also been sharing details of national delivery companies so that you can get your gardens looking lovely, on our Facebook page. The DIY stores are not currently offering plants or fence panels as part of their collection offering, but you can of course sometimes pick up plants in or outside the supermarkets whilst you are there.

So, May in the garden…

  1. The perfect time for hanging baskets! Buy them, build them, they certainly brighten up a brick wall! If you have no baskets – improvise!


  2. Sow your veggies out, watch out for any late frosts, we have been fortunate with some very sunny weather lately so hopefully we have seen the back of frost, but be careful.


  3. Fertilise roses and shrubs and place straw around your strawberries (if you can get some).


  4. A great task for lockdown: paint your fence and shed. 

Paint can be ordered via click and collect or from online stores like Amazon (don’t forget to use Amazon Smile, that’s where Amazon donates to charity when you place an order – same log in, same products, just choose your favourite charity, ours this year is the Toybox Charity).

5. The grass is growing, keep the lawn looking luscious by mowing weekly if you can.

6. Treat the lawn with a fertiliser.

7. Get on top of the weeding, especially as the spring bulbs are fading away, remove the dead petals at the same time.

8. Sow seeds – poppies and wildflowers.

9. Bedding plants work everywhere, perfect for beds, planters, window boxes, bicycles and hanging baskets.

10. The slugs and snails are coming, be prepared! 

Long may the sunshine continue! If you need our help with regular garden maintenance, a one-off tidy up to get you started or a jet wash to blast away the dirt on your patio, get in touch for a quote.

At Tame Your Garden we offer regular visits, or one-offs from tidy ups to tree work, to get you started in Spring, or if you have moved into a new property which needs a bit of work! We work with homeowners, tenants, landlords, estate agents, letting agents and business owners, on courtyards to car parks and front gardens to sports grounds, GP surgeries to schools. We have been up and running as a family business for 7 years, prior to this having worked as part of the Frosts installation team, contracts with Parks Trust and voluntarily looking after churchyards! We now have a professional Tree Surgeon/Arborist as part of the team.

Get in touch today for a quote for your garden, we operate between Buckingham and Milton Keynes, out to Cranfield, Bedford and Leighton Buzzard.

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