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Month by Month
A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries
Summer is Just Around the Corner
Summer is on its way this month, we have been blessed with some lovely weather as of late and it certainly gets you in the gardening spirit. It is time to get busy in the garden to ensure you have lots of colour and interest throughout the upcoming months.
Who wants to be indoors when it is so lovely outdoors! Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month:
Keep an eye out for late frosts, especially in colder regions
Dig up potatoes, there is still time to plant any seed potatoes left remaining but do it now!
Ventilate greenhouses by opening vents and windows
Mow lawns regularly
Apply a good lawn feed, weed and moss killer now
Lift and divide any crowded clumps of daffodils and other spring bulbs for a bigger display next year
Look out for Lily beetle and Viburnum beetle as they become active this month
Feed plants as they come into growth
Stake border plants now to prevent them drooping and looking untidy
Prune out frost damage from evergreen shrubs
Prune spring flowering shrubs that have finished
Install codling moth traps as they also become active this month
Install bug houses and bee houses now
Plant your hanging baskets and pots with summer annuals for a long lasting colour and interest.
Now is a perfect time to add some long lasting colour to your garden. Put up some hanging baskets, find out all your old and empty pots and get filling them with summer annuals.
As the warmer weather approaches, bedding plants will be able to go outside without protection. However, it is important to remember in colder areas, or if there is a chance of a late frost to either bring them inside, or cover with fleece to prevent any damage.
As plants start to grow strongly continue to apply a feed that will give them the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy. Growmore is a good general fertiliser that can be used all round the garden, remember Camelias, Rhododendrons, Pieris and Azaleas will require an Ericaceous feed as they are acid lovers.
Look out for Micorrhizal Fungi. This special fungi can be used all round the garden, especially where roses have previously been planted.
Summertime has begun at Hollybeck!
Get gardening this May!
We have an extensive range of Summer annuals and long lasting perennials in stock now. Enjoy great savings with many muti-
There are still spaces availble on our 2pm Summer Bedding Workshop on Wednesday 11th May. £15.99 per person. Plant up a hanging basket to take home! Book your place today! All equipment is included in the price.
For all you gardening needs this May, visit Hollybeck!
Open 7 days a week
Find us halfway between Oxton and Southwell NG250RW
The Bees Need Our Help -
Help bees that are lacking in energy by installing a drinking station in your garden just like this one;
You can use stones or marbles.
Plant of the Month
Look out for a fantastic new range of Peony called Itoh. With Itoh, you get the best of both worlds. The strength and beauty of a tree Peony and the abundance of flowers from a perennial peony.