Spring is finally here, full of promise with longer, sunny days spent outdoors! It’s a great time of year to get out into the garden, whether it's pruning, planting, tidying or sowing! Here's our top gardening tasks for April...
Get your bedding season started early with pansies and violas - their vibrant colours will instantly brighten your garden. Just remember to protect against any late frosts.
Add colour and structure to your garden by planting shrubs, they'll provide colour, texture and interest year after year. Our team recommends spirea, chaenomeles, ceanothus, rhododendron and azaleas.
With the arrival of the warm weather, there is no better month than April to give your lawn a little love. Phil, our Garden Care supervisor, recommends a few simple ground rules to help you transform your lawn.
"Giving your lawn a good feed at this time of year with a lawn fertiliser such as Lawn Feed, Weed & Moss Killer will help make the grass greener and grow thicker whilst also killing any weeds and moss at the same time. Also, aerating by forking your lawn will allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the roots and encourage strong, vigorous growth."
Tackling weeds now will be well worth the effort and will inevitably save you time in the long run. Treat paths and patios with a systemic weedkiller and remove weeds from your borders. Consider using a weed control fabric, topped with mulch or decorative bark, on your beds and borders to suppress weeds but still allow water, air and nutrients to penetrate the soil.
Keep a look out for unwanted garden pests, slugs in particular love new plant growth. 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 and also act as a natural mulch and soil conditioner.
It’s a great time to sow wild flower seeds – simply scatter where you want them to grow, they germinate quickly and will create a colourful display as well as attracting bees and wildlife to your garden.
Grow herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, even curry plant as nothing beats freshly picked home-grown produce! You can also plant out veg in rows, containers or raised beds but remember to protect them with fleece if frost is forecast.
Tomatoes can be planted in growbags or in containers under glass. You'll need to water regularly and feed with a liquid tomato feed once the fruit start to appear.
Now is a good time to plant fruit trees including apple, plum and cherry. Look for self-fertile varieties if you are planting a single tree.