“April is a really busy time in the garden but pace yourself, that way you won’t feel like gardening is a chore and you’re less likely to end up aching all over. And if it is sunny don’t forget sunscreen and a hat.” – Charlie Dimmock
General garden maintenance
- Feed trees, shrubs, and hedges with a slow release fertiliser around the base of the plants, lightly fork it in and if it’s dry make sure you water well afterwards.
- Start staking herbaceous plants now before the growth is too tall – that way you will get a much more natural effect.
- Take preventative measures to stop slugs and snails from damaging young fresh shoots.
- Prepare soil well ready for sowing vegetable seeds directly into the ground by lightly digging it, then raking which will break up any lumps – you’re aiming for a fine “crumb” texture.
- Stop weeds growing by regularly hoeing – for best results do it on a dry, sunny or windy day.
- Keep an eye on containers as the can easily dry out on a warm sunny day – it’s worth putting them on saucers to make the best use of any rain or watering.
Flowers and plants
- Flowering bulbs are one of the most reliable ways of adding colour to a patio or border – now is the time to plant lillies for summer colour and fragrance.
- Flower borders will benefit from a sprinkling of general purpose fertiliser like fish, blood and bone, lightly fork in and remove perennial weeds as you go.
- Once primroses have finished blooming, gently lift and divide the clumps before replanting. You’ll not only gain more plants but keep them vigorous and strong.
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