It's beginning to look a lot like summer - the days are getting warmer and the garden is starting to find its colour. It's time to get the most out of your green room and, as always, our team at Tong are here to help you with their expert tips and have put together a few key jobs to do in your garden this month…

No matter how big or small your garden, bedding plants are a great way to instantly brighten your outdoor space - adding bold and bright colour as well as new textures and gorgeous summer scents to your pots, containers, hanging baskets, beds and borders. It’s time to plant some colour and the choice is blooming good!

Click here for our team's guide to getting the best from your summer bedding and some of their own planting recipes.

add summer bedding plants into your garden this May

In the garden this month...

As the warmer weather arrives it's important to be watering frequently, as your plants will need regular hydration. The best time to do this is early evening, and twice a day for hanging baskets and containers during very hot spells. You can take the strain out of watering this summer with a watering system to water your plants even when you’re out at work or away on holiday. Just see our team in store who can advise you.

Make sure you give your container plants regular feeding, as they only have what you give them. Also, although your plants in beds and borders can often get what they need from the soil, it's still important to give them a feed too.

Cutting your grass frequently, at the correct height, will keep it looking good and a regular feed will give you a lush, healthy lawn.

Slugs and snails are always an issue in our changeable climate but our experts in store can advise on the right remedy to tackle specific problems to help you beat the bugs. For a natural way to keep slugs and snails at bay, we recommend Slug Gone wool pellets. They’re environmentally friendly, using no harmful chemicals and pesticides to protect against slugs and snails whilst also acting as a natural mulch and soil conditioner.

Check plants daily to keep an eye out for signs of diseases so you're able to deal with any problems quickly – our experts in store can advise on the right product to tackle problems.

Regular weeding will reap rewards and our team here at Tong recommend regular hoeing to keep on top of weeds – once a week is ideal. Choose a dry, sunny day so the uprooted weeds shrivel on the soil.

Plant containers and hanging baskets now but keep them protected from any late frosts, ready to place outside later this month or in early June.

You still have time to sow hardy annuals outdoors where you want them to grow. Try clarkia, pot marigolds, cornflowers, agrostemma, echium, love-in-the-mist and annual chrysanthemums.