Gardening in April
There is always something to be done in the garden, from brushing the leaves off the lawn to laying new grass seed, but when is the right time of year to be carrying these jobs out...
Things to do this month
Take things steadily – and make time to enjoy your garden. After all, it is meant to be a relaxing hobby!
Make the most of any warm days and evenings to enjoy eating outside on the patio.
Continue to sow seeds of all your favourite annual bedding plants for a summer of wonderful colour.
If you don’t have much success with seeds, buy plug plants and seedlings for growing on.
Continue to take stem cuttings of half-hardy perennials and patio plants, such as fuchsias and pelargoniums.
Make regular, successional sowings of fast-maturing vegetables..
Sow tomatoes, sweet and chilli peppers, cucumbers and aubergines indoors with warmth.
Mulch the soil around trees and shrubs with a 5-7.5cm (2-3in) thick mulch.
Keep removing suckers from plants that are grafted onto a rootstock as soon as you see them.
This is still a great time to plant new shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
Buy summer-flowering bulbs, such as begonias, dahlias, gladioli and lilies if you haven't done it yet.
Deadhead spring-flowering bulbs when the flowers fade and give them a liquid feed.
Continue to tie in the shoots of climbers as they grow, spreading them out evenly over their support.
Make sure you grow plants that are beneficial to butterflies, bees and other garden-friendly insects.
There's still time to sow hardy annual seeds outside to produce lots of flowers for the summer.
Keep adding suitable material to the compost bin to make your own soil improver and mulch.
Continue to feed garden birds - they need lots of food to feed their young..
Keep hoe and secateurs blades sharpso they work efficiently.
Remove soil from digging tools and clean them before putting them back in the shed.
Take basal stem cuttings from perennials, such as delphiniums and lupins.
Feed all your garden plants with a suitable plant food – especially if you didn't do it last month.
Pot up tomato, chilli, cucumber and aubergine plants sown last month.
Start stocking ponds with new plants – including oxygenating plants.
Check pond pumps and filters are working. Clean them and replace if necessary.
Check for excessive algae and blanket weed growth and remove it if necessary.
Feed the lawn with a granular lawn food if you didn’t do it last month.
Mow lawns regularly – probably at least once a week – as and when the grass is growing.
Trim lawn edges after every mowing to keep them looking crisp and tidy.
Treat weeds and moss growing in the lawn whenever you find them.
Repair damaged and bare areas with fresh grass seed.
Hoe annual weeds regularly to stop them getting estblished and becoming a problem..
Treat perennial weeds with a weedkiller containing glyphosate to kill their roots..
Treat gravel paths and driveways with a path weedkiller to keep them weed-free for months.
Pests & Disease
Check plants regularly for pests and diseases and deal with them promptly to prevent them spreading.
Keep protecting susceptible plants from slug and snail damage.