APRIL GARDENING JOB LIST

Spring is now officially here, the clocks have gone forward and we are able to spend more time outside and in our gardens! With the arrival of the better weather, comes the greater the jobs there are to now do. You can find yourself preparing seed beds, sowing seeds, tidying up the garden and cutting back all the shrubs.

Top jobs to do in the garden this month:

  • Watch out for frost, protect fruit blossom if needed
  • Clean your pots, ready for summer bedding
  • Feed borders with a general purpose fertiliser
  • Tie in new shoots on climbers
  • Start sowing seeds outside, herbs annuals and wild flower seeds can now be sown
  • Start spraying roses for blackspot
  • Prune early flowering shrubs after they have finished
  • Prune shrubs for stem colour or large foliage now
  • Put in supports for large perennials whilst access is still good
  • Deadhead daffodils and remove seed heads, leaving the leaves to natural die back
  • Hoe seeds on a sunny day and dig out perennial weeds
  • New lawns can also now be laid with turf or seeds sown. Renovation can take place with edges reshaped, aerated with either hollow or solid tines, scarify to remove thatch and moss and then re-seed bare pots. A slow release fertiliser can also be used to encourage healthy growth.

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Gardening In April | To Do List

Gardening in April | Spring is finally here – and the sight of Forsythia, Camelias, Magnolias and other Spring flowers are at their beautiful peak.

Now is a good time to do certain jobs that will help cut down on maintenance for the rest of the year.

The garden centre is now bulging at the sides with everything for the garden.

Greenhouse

  • A busy time for sowing all sorts in a heated green-house, inclduing tomatoes, peppers, marrows and other vegetable seeds.
  • Pot up cuttings of Fuschias and Geraniums.

Bulbs

  • Plant out Gladioli, Dahlias and Lillies.

 Mix in good planting compost when planting.

Seeds

Many varieties of hardy annuals can now be sown outside.

Lawn

  • Apply Spring lawn fertiliser.
  • Treat with moss killer.
  • Rake out debris (thatch) if you didn’t get chance last September.
  • Apply grass seed to bare patches.

Fruit

  • It’s a great time to plant trees and bushes as the centre is fully stocked.
  • Plant out Strawberries and Rhubard now.
  • Start to spray Apples and Pears to deter pests and diseases.
  • Mulch with manure.

Vegetables

  • Sow many vegetable varities.
  • Plant out onion sets and potatoes.

Many herbs and vegetable plants are available now.

Flowers

  • Plant trees and shrubs.
  • Hardy perennials and herbaceous plants can now be planted.
  • Feed all flower borders, after the washout winter, with a slow release fertiliser like chicken manure, rose feed or blood, fish and bone.
  • Prune back late flowering shrubs like Buddleia, Lavatera, Clematis, Lavendar and Rosemary.
  • Start spraying roses to keep on top of pests and diseases.
  • Plant alpines out now- choose from our wide selection.

Gardening in April is one of life’s greatest pleasures so make sure you are prepped and ready to plant.