April is the time to pay your vegetable patch some attention. Add in some well rotted manure to give it a boost and begin planting early potatoes, onion sets, asparagus, rhubarb, peas, brussels sprouts, leeks, cauliflower, cabbage and carrots. If in doubt, you can plant them under cloches for added protection. Salad crops can be left until later in April.
Frost damage to your lawn can now be repaired, either re-sow with seed or lay new turf. Once done, fertilise to promote new growth in the coming year. When the weather starts to warm up, you can start to mow your lawn on a regular basis and treat it for any moss that may have appeared.
Start planning what perennials you want in your garden, plant out in groups for maximum effect. Hardy annual flowers can also be sown directly into the beds, as can sunflower seeds. Gaps in flower beds can easily be filled with primulas. Give Azaleas and other acid-loving shrubs a good feed with ericaceous fertiliser.
To ensure longer-stemmed flowers in the summer, prune back your rose stems to around 1/3rd their size. This is also a great time to be giving them, and any other shrubs in your garden, a good feed of slow-release fertiliser, such as fish, blood and bone. Keep an eye out for any signs of disease or pests, such as black spot or aphids.
Don’t forget about the wildlife that come to visit your garden. Bird baths, bird houses and bat boxes can be cleaned out and topped up with water – as long as there are no residents! Birds and other wildlife are still relying on your help for food, don’t forget to keep nuts, seeds and treats topped up. Pond pumps and filters can now be replaced.
In the greenhouse, open doors and vents on warm days to improve ventilation. Hang traps for any flying pests in your greenhouse, such as whitefly. Herbs can be sown into pots or trays in the greenhouse or a sunny windowsill, ready for the warmer months. We have a wide range of herbs available, many at reduced prices. Patio pots and hanging baskets can also be prepared with summer bedding, ready to cheer up any outside space.