April Gardening Jobs

Show the weeds in your garden who’s boss! Get on top of perennial weeds now to save you a lot of time in future months. Once under control, apply a layer of mulch that will help to keep weeds at bay or preferably add groundcover plants such as Ajuga reptans, Hostas, Geraniums and Stachys byzantine.

April Gardening Jobs

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.

April Gardening Jobs

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.

April Gardening Jobs

Once finished flowering, its time to prune and trim any Spiraea, Buddleja, Cornus, Potentilla, Mahonia, Forsythia or winter-flowering heathers that you have. Any faded hyacinth heads can also be removed, as can spring bulbs such as Daffodils.

April Gardening Jobs

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.

April Gardening Jobs

Climbing and rambling roses will need supporting and tying, to help their emerging shoots, same applies to any emerging clematis shoots. Tall growing plants such as Oriental Poppies, Aconitum, Peonies, Foxglove, Delphiniums and Lupins will need staking to prevent them being blown down in the winds.

April Gardening Jobs

Start dividing some of the plants in your garden if they are starting to get a bit too big, such as Bamboos, Waterlilies, Hostas, Snowdrops and Hemerocallis.

April Gardening Jobs

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.

April Gardening Jobs

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.

April Gardening Jobs

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.

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