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Advice & Tips

To Do This Month - April

Hopefully, Spring should now be in evidence, with blossom on the trees, and daffodils in flower. Of course there may be the odd predictable ‘April showers’, but hopefully with sunnier days and rising temperatures it makes it textbook gardening weather. – its’ also time to start sowing outdoors. – Remember to watch out for frosts!

• Keep weeds under control as the weather gets warmer, the weeds will start to grow
• Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
• Tie in climbing and rambling roses
• Shrubs that need regular pruning include, Buddleja davidii, Ceratostigma, Hydrangea paniculata, Lavatera, Leycesteria, Perovskia, hardy fuchsias, and deciduous Ceanothus. - If you haven’t yet pruned yours, now is the time to.
• Sow hardy annuals and a selection of herb seeds
• Sow broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early potatoes, radish, lettuce, peas, spinach, chard.
• Feed and weed your lawn, repair any worn patches, or sow new lawns.
• Lay new turf
• Sow sunflowers
• Trim winter flowering heathers
• Sow marrow, courgettes, squashes, cucumber and melon
• Apply moss killer to lawns
• Sow onion sets and shallots
• Plant out early potatoes
• Add a waterbutt to your downpipe to collect rainwater
• Keep feeding the birds in your garden, put up nesting boxes for the birds
• Now is the time to plant deciduous hedging plants, shrubs and trees
• Feed hungry shrubs and roses
• Pull early Rhubarb
• Tie in delphinium growth to plant supports
• Open doors and vents in the greenhouse on warmer days
• Sow dwarf and climbing beans, and sweetcorn in deep pots
• Treat timber fences, trellis, and posts with preservative
• Fill in any gaps in the borders with Primulas and Polyanthus plants
• Leave any daffodil leaves intact for 6 weeks after flowering
• Buy plug plants and young bedding to grow on in the greenhouse
• Visit the garden centre and choose some summer flowering bulbs to plant