Hedge trimming and order on the lawnMay is the time to return the flowerbeds to beauty, having sown new annual flowers, to divide and seed the existing perennials, to plant the bulbous ones and to start seedlings tightly. We must not forget about the lush lawn over the winter, as well as hedges and ornamental shrubs.
First of all, you should complete what started in April:
- remove the foliage and dead stems in the beds with perennials that remained under the snow;
- remove shelters;
- to conduct sanitary and rejuvenating pruning of shrubs, until the development of flower buds and the appearance of foliage has begun.
It is doubly pleasant to work and rest on a clean area. When the cleaning is completed, it's time to start the main May affairs.
Sowing letniki in the ground and planting
The first half of May is the best time to sow in the soil of annual flower crops. But since the weather can present unpleasant surprises in the form of cold rain, wind and frost, it is necessary to select the species with regard to their cold resistance.
These plants include decorative sunflowers and cornflowers, calendula, ipomoea and annual delphiniums, mattioli and poppies, laureate and sweet peas, the seeds of which are better to germinate before planting.
Since transplants of these plants are not foreseen, they are immediately sown in flower beds, according to the chosen plan. It is easy and convenient to do this when on the prepared site with the help of sawdust, sand or crushed chalk places for each species are marked.
Large seeds are closed up one by one, and for convenience, small seeds are first mixed with sand, and then sown in prepared rows. With systematic care and watering, friendly shoots quickly rise and cover the flower bed with a lively bright carpet.
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Planting seedlings in the open ground also begins with cold-resistant plants, and by the middle of the month, when the main frosts are behind, we can take everything to the site without exception. Young plants grown at home, even when hardened, experience some stress in the open air. Until rooting occurs, within 7–14 days after transplantation, it is better to artificially shade the flowers during the daytime hours and cover them for the night if there is a risk of cold return.
This can be done conveniently with the help of non-woven material, which, depending on the density chosen, can:
- protect against cooling down to –6 ° C;
- during the day smoothes out sunlight and prevents seedlings from overheating;
- does not create the greenhouse effect and condensate;
- transmits a useful spectrum of sunlight and moisture.
Both the seedlings of ornamental plants and seedlings need a regular flow of moisture.
Inhabitants of beds, borders and rabatok, hanging baskets in dry weather must be watered. This should be done very carefully, at the root, in the evening when the air is the most quiet, and there is no danger of sunburn.
To save power and water, use mulching. Here not only peat will help the gardener, but also fresh-cut grass from the growing lawn and chopped grass.
May planting and reproduction of perennials
The last month of spring is the best way to decorate the garden with new perennials, transplant existing ones and divide large specimens. For such an important, attention-consuming job, choose a quiet, not hot day.
If the sun is at least partially hidden by clouds, it will be easier for the transplanted plants to acclimatize. And the grower will have more confidence that the roots during transplantation will not suffer from drying out.
At the beginning of the month, especially with the slow arrival of spring, adult plants of phlox, chrysanthemum, astilbe, and perennial delphiniums are transplanted and divided. The primroses that faded in pot culture in May can be transferred to the garden, for example, to pristvolnye trees cleared of weeds, or to flower beds broken in the shade.
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Before the active growth of the aerial part began, it is possible to dig and divide perennial asters, geyher, lihnisa, all kinds of varieties and varieties of chamomile, ore beck and echinacea. If you do this work in May, young plants take root perfectly, and with regular watering, weeding and feeding, they even bloom in the usual time.
If new plants are to be planted, flower growers often encounter the fact that vegetation has already begun in the rose bushes, hydrangeas, ornamental shrubs, daylilies, various types of lilies and other crops. Sometimes such perennials get to the site already with buds. In order not to lose a valuable acquisition, after planting, the plant is equipped with protection against possible frost, rain and wind.
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Bulbs in May
Spring Bulbs are the main decoration of the garden in May. During flowering, they require watering, which lasts another two weeks after the removal of wilted tulips, daffodils, muscari, hyacinths.
It is important to soak the soil under tulips, daffodils and hyacinths about 20 cm in order for the bulbs to accumulate enough nutrition, and in August again they got into the ground completely ready for wintering and future flowering.
In addition, the first half of May is the time for planting gladioli in the ground. Ridges are prepared for them in the fall, and the tubers themselves:
- warm up and germinate in the spring;
- remove cover scales;
- specimens are separated from the planting stock by damaged or moldy specimens.
Landing is carried out at a distance of 15–20 cm, in sunny, protected from cold winds areas.
Hedge trimming and order on the lawn
Hedge trimming is done throughout the warm season, but in the spring this procedure is most important. When deciduous shrubs awaken from winter sleep, it becomes clear how they survived the winter. Therefore, the haircut is combined with sanitary pruning, updating plantings and uprooting dead plants.
In May, the lawn is aerated, its haircut begins regularly, and, if necessary, new grass is sown at the site of the damped out or frozen. To the grass cover all summer was thick and green, the lawn is fed. Also in May, it is best to lay new lawns, not only classical style, but also the Moorish lawns that are popular today.
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