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April

General Maintenance

  • Empty one of your compost heaps and use finished compost to mulch your borders as you continue to tidy them. Turn another heap into the empty one to continue the composting process.
  • Think about how you will support your vegetable crops and start to gather suitable ‘pea sticks’ as you prune woody plants in the garden.
  • Check ties on trees, standard roses and climbing plants before they begin to really grow away. Loosen them if they are beginning to cut into stems and replace any that are worn after the winter.
Composting

Patio and Container Gardening

  • Feed permanent container plants with pelleted chicken manure, Vitax or another suitable fertilizer to replace nutrients lost through winter rain.
  • Re-pot any plants that are outgrowing their containers into larger ones or divide clumps of perennials if they have outgrown their pots. Always use fresh compost and add a long term, slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote to help with feeding.
  • Reclaim any pots no longer in use from last year. Give them a good wash around and set them to dry, ready for replanting your Spring displays. Save any broken pots - these are perfect for creating good drainage at the bottom of usable containers.
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Bulbs and Perennials

  • Continue to remove the dead heads from Daffodils and early Tulips. Plant out any grown in pots as they finish flowering or dry them off as they die back and store for use next year.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs, tubers and corms such as Lilies, Dahlias and Gladiolus in the ground or containers from the end of the month onwards. Why not grow some Gladioli for use as a cut flower later in the summer?
  • Push plant supports into the ground around tall growing perennials so that the plants grow through and hide them.
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Trees and Shrubs

  • Remove the dead flowers from winter Heathers as they finish flowering. Lightly trim them with garden shears but make sure you do not cut into old wood.
  • Prune evergreen shrubs such as Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’, Phlomis fruiticosa and Salvia officinalis hard to their woody framework now to encourage new, bushy growth.
  • Keep some horticultural fleece handy to cover soft new growth on shrubs such as Japanese Maples if frost threatens.
  • Prune woody growth that has just flowered from Winter Jasmine and tie in strong new growths to the supports.
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Sowing and Planting

  • Sow Sweet Peas in the ground where they are to flower or singly into deep pots so that they can be planted out later. Soak the seeds in water overnight before sowing for faster germination.
  • Pot on cuttings of half hardy perennials such as Gazania, Argyranthemum and Pelargoniums (Geraniums) that have been overwintered as cuttings. Continue to protect these from frost.
  • Any new purchases of trees, shrubs and perennials should be planted out as soon as possible and watered in well.
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Lawns

  • Rake out any moss and dead grass (thatch) then aerate your lawn using a fork or hollow tine aerator to improve the drainage.


  • A mix of peat and sharp sand can be used to fill the aeration holes and improve the soil.


  • Spot treat weeds in your lawn with a selective weed killer that will not kill the grass, such as Verdone.
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The Vegetable Garden

  • Plant onion sets early this month on a firm bed of soil. Revisit the rows in a couple of days to replace any bulbs pulled out by birds.
  • Plant early potatoes in trenches with well rotted manure or garden compost. Sow salad crops, including leaves, herbs, lettuce and spring onions as well as peas, beetroot and carrots in rows in the open.
  • Make successional sowings of Peas, Mange Tout and Broad Beans. Sow leeks in a nursery bed (short row). They will be transplanted later this summer.
  • Pick sprouting Broccoli regularly to encourage more tasty side shoots.
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Wildlife

  • Make sure that you leave a patch of stinging nettles in a corner of your garden as many butterflies including Peacocks, Tortoiseshell and Red Admirals lay their eggs on these.
  • Sow seeds of Honesty, an important nectar plant for many early insects. Seed sown now will flower next spring. Californian Poppies sown now will attract Hoverflies when they flower this summer and Candytuft is a favourite nectar plant for many butterflies.
  • Hedgehogs will be coming out of hibernation now, so look out for signs of them around the garden. Amongst other things, they eat large amounts of slugs and are worth encouraging!
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Garden Planning

  • Start to plan your summer bedding colour schemes for baskets and containers.
  • Why not start a cutting garden to supply flowers for the house? Many perennials and summer bulbs make good cut flowers and can be planted out over the next couple of months.
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