- flowering rhododendrons">Tips of the month of May
As for the Garden Month May Works, it is good to say that many of the heavier works have already been done. In this month nature has completely awakened and our plants are already showing off their most beautiful colors; now it is too late for second thoughts and displacements, the planted plants must be left where they are, to avoid stress that would lead to almost certain death; it is still time, however, for the new plants. Strolling in the garden centers we have certainly seen plants, shrubs and herbaceous, annual or perennial, which are well suited to our garden.
Before planting them, we work the soil well, adding soft and rich soil, sand and organic fertilizer, then we proceed, burying the plants up to the level at which the earth was when the plant were in pots.
We can plant almost all flower essences, even if for roses it is better to hurry, so as not to lose the flowering, which usually occurs during this month; even for fruit plants it is a little late, if we want to plant them, however, remember that fruiting will almost certainly take place only next year: we can still bury the small fruits, which have only begun to vegetate a few days ago. Azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom, we can plant them, remembering to prepare a large planting hole, to be filled with peat or with specific soil for acidophilic plants.
Seedbeds and planting
In May our seedbeds will be full of seedlings, it is time to repot them in single containers, and, in some cases, to plant them already; it is also possible to sow in the open ground: Agerato, Amaranth, Aquilegia, Clarkia, Coleus, Convolvulus, Cosmea, Helichrysum, Cornflower, Gypsophila, Godezia, Iberis, Ipomea, Decorative flax, Lupine, Poppy, Petunia, Phlox, Sweet pea, Portulaca, Primula, Salpiglossis, Ornamental squash. The time has also come to plant the summer flowering bulbs, let's get ready to plant: Acidantera, Agapantus, Amarillide, Anemone, Begonia, Culla, Ciclamino, Convallaria, Dalia, Gladiolo, Gloxina, Incarvillea, Lilium, Liatris, Montbretia, Peony, Buttercup, Trigidia.
If the lawn is not very thick or has patches without grass, it is still possible to thicken it: we proceed by spreading specific soil for turf, already enriched with fertilizer and lightened with sand, rake it to spread it in a uniform layer, then spread the seeds, being careful not to create piles of seeds; then we water abundantly, every 2-3 days.
If we have not already done so last month, it is good to provide our plants with a good fertilization, burying organic fertilizer at the foot of trees and shrubs, or slow release granular fertilizer. Perennial and annual herbaceous plants need periodic fertilization, every 7-10 days, mixed with watering water.
The now good temperature allows us to bring outside the plants that we had hospitalized at home or in a cold greenhouse during the winter.
For those who own ornamental shrubs or hedges (eg hedge of laurel ceraso, pyracantha, photinia), repeat or carry out (for those who have not yet done so) a preventive pesticide treatment to be repeated after 15 days using mineral oil with the addition of specific insecticides available at agricultural consortia or garden centers. The treatment must be carried out in compliance with safety regulations and taking care not to use the product on windy days.
In all regions it is now possible to completely remove the protections put in place at the beginning of winter.
We can carry out the sowing on condition that the temperature is maintained above 10 ° degrees.
Works of the month garden May: Works in the month of May
Mow the lawn (approximately every 10 days) by removing weeds before they mature and produce seeds. Fertilize the green carpet preferably with slow release products.
Water the garden in the evening or early in the morning. Those who own an irrigation system can schedule the watering of green plants and lawns at night.
The vegetative awakening coincides with the period of maximum intensity of attacks by animal parasites (aphids, cochineal, duckling, etc.) or fungi (eg white sickness, scab, etc.). At the first signs it is good not to delay and proceed immediately with the appropriate remedies.
On the balconies and in the flower boxes you can plant geraniums, impatiens, petunias, lobelias, caleolaria and all the other annuals. Here's how to proceed: Flare the plant by turning the pot upside down. Prepare a hole slightly larger than the size of the root ball and add some universal soil. Place the plant in the hole so that the plant collar stays out of the ground. Thoroughly wet the soil.