Gardening Tips, Month by Month


  • Remove dead, diseased and untidy branches of trees and shrubs
  • Firm shrubs that have been loosened by wind; stake if necessary Continue Reading


  • Cut back badly overgrown or leggy hedges to near ground lee to encourage new, busy growth Continue Reading


  • Plant your raspberry canes now for cropping this season.
  • Protect new spring shoots from slugs.
  • Top dress your containers with fresh compost which will not only benefit the plant, but make the whole display more attractive.
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials Continue Reading


  • Plant your raspberry canes now for cropping this season.
  • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
  • Prune Fig Trees
  • Divide bamboos Continue Reading


  • Plant out summer bedding.  In cold areas, it is advised to wait until well into June, or until all risk of frost has passed.
  • Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
  • Plant out cannas and dahlias when danger of frost is past. Continue Reading


  • Pinch out side shoots on cordon tomatoes
  • Harvest lettuces
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
  • Plant out summer bedding and use it to fill gaps in the herbaceous border or to fill your tubs Continue Reading


  • Water tubs and new plants when dry
  • Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering
  • Pick courgettes before they become marrows
  • Cut back plants in baskets to encourage new growth and help revive tired displays. Continue Reading


  • Prune June-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela after flowering. Prune deciduous magnolias if necessary. Prune climbing and rambling roses that do not repeat flower or produce attractive hips, once the flowers have finished.
  • Tie-in climbers and ramblers as they grow. Continue Reading


  • Plant spring flowering bulbs and spring/winter bedding!
  • Divide any oversized herbaceous perennials
  • Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting Continue Reading


  • Plant spring bulbs and bedding; wallflowers, forget me nots, bellis, primulas, violas, pansies
  • Take advantage of the warm, moist soil to plant out new herbaceous perennials Continue Reading


  • Make a final cut of lawns early in the month and apply fertiliser
  • Plant shrubs while soil is still warm Continue Reading


  • Plant remaining spring flowering bulbs & spring/winter bedding
  • Keep off borders and lawns if they are wet and/or frozen
  • Plant garlic and check any stored onions and potatoes for signs of rot Continue Reading