10 jobs to do in the garden this month

Top 10 jobs in May

There’s lots to do around the garden at this time of year, from detailing shrubs and ornamental grasses to transplanting evergreens such as camellias and azaleas. Here’s a sample of jobs to do now.

  1. Enjoy decorative rosehips as temperatures cool, and remove any that shrivel or become unsightly.
  2. Feed cyclamen as their leaves appear, using a liquid fertiliser formulated for flowering plants, and continue applications fortnightly.
  3. Detail shrubs and ornamental grasses to remove any material that is dead or diseased.
  4. Bring indoor plants back inside if they’ve been having a spell outdoors.
  5. Order new season’s bare-rooted roses, but don’t be tempted to plant them until the weather is cooler.
  6. Remove tired autumn-blooming annuals, enrich the soil, and replace with winter-hardy varieties such as calendula, wallflower and pansy.
  7. Buy winter-blooming natives such as thryptomene, hardenbergia and boronia to get them well established before flowering time.
  8. Transplant evergreen shrubs such as camellia, azalea and dwarf conifer while the weather is milder.
  9. Trim off burnt and scrappy fern fronds, then follow up with an application of gentle liquid fertiliser such as a fish emulsion.
  10. Remove timers from watering systems in cold areas to prevent them being frozen and damaged.

You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects and tips this month, including how to service sweet pea seedlings, tidy agapanthus clumps and make use of autumn leaves, in the May 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.