From the garden: Neil’s maintenance tips for May

May always brings with it a buzz of activity in the garden. By this point, the Summer plants are ready, and the scents of Summer are already filling the landscape.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get brighter, Neil Gallagher from our grounds maintenance division gives us his run down on the things you’ll need to stay on top of this month…


Garden maintenance tips for May

Neil: Grounds Maintenance Manager


May is the time of year when your lawn will really start to grow. Therefore, it’s very important to make sure the lawn is mowed every 14 days. This is especially important as it ensures any yellowed growth does not collect under the green top layer.

As we’ve had a dry spell to date, ensuing your lawn is receiving enough water and nutrients is also key to getting that ‘cricket pitch’ finish.

Gardening tips for May


As with lawns, the hedges should have sprung into life now- but they are not the only thing you need to keep your eye on! Birds will have made nests in hedges (even ornamental ones), so make sure these are spotted before you start clipping!

Gardening tips for May


Summer Planting

Depending on where you are in the country and what you’re planting, May and early June are the time of year to bring your beds to life. In fact, from the start of the month, our Nurseries were putting the finishing touches on the troughs, hanging baskets and bedding plants ready for customers!

As a result, myself and the maintenance teams across the country are now working at breakneck speed to get everything in. However, the satisfaction of seeing the grounds when we revisit in June makes it all worthwhile!

Check on permanent planting 

Gardening maintenance tips for May

Surfinia Blue Sky


The cold, dry weather we’ve encountered so far this spring has stunted growth and meant that many of the plants that are left in year-round are now looking at little tired. This is especially true for things like the pansies that normally make the most of a damp April.

A little extra TLC will go a long way, but you might also want to consider topping up planters with some perennials this year. These can then be reassessed early next year.

I saw some beautiful Surfinia Blue Sky when I visited the Waltham Abbey Nursery recently and they can really bring your garden to life!