Gardening in April

April is the height of spring and there is a lot to be getting on with in the garden. But be aware of changeable weather and check weather forecasts. Cold nights, frosts and general low temperatures are all possibilities, which can adversely affect young, new growth, bedding and young vegetable plants. And, of course, there’s always the chance of April showers – or even torrential downpours!

 

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.
Lawn Care Products
Feed the lawn with a granular lawn food if you didn’t do it last month.
Lawn Care Products
Mow lawns regularly – probably at least once a week – as and when the grass is growing.
Lawn Care Products
Trim lawn edges after every mowing to keep them looking crisp and tidy.
Lawn Care Products
Treat weeds and moss growing in the lawn whenever you find them.
Lawn Care Products
Repair damaged and bare areas with fresh grass seed.
Composts & Growing
Make regular, successional sowings of fast-maturing vegetables..
Composts & Growing
Sow tomatoes, sweet and chilli peppers, cucumbers and aubergines indoors with warmth.
Composts & Growing
Mulch the soil around trees and shrubs with a 5-7.5cm (2-3in) thick mulch.
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Keep removing suckers from plants that are grafted onto a rootstock as soon as you see them.
Composts & Growing
This is still a great time to plant new shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
Composts & Growing
Buy summer-flowering bulbs, such as begonias, dahlias, gladioli and lilies if you haven't done it yet.
Composts & Growing
Deadhead spring-flowering bulbs when the flowers fade and give them a liquid feed.
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Continue to tie in the shoots of climbers as they grow, spreading them out evenly over their support.
Birds & Wildlife Products
Make sure you grow plants that are beneficial to butterflies, bees and other garden-friendly insects.
Composts & Growing
There's still time to sow hardy annual seeds outside to produce lots of flowers for the summer.
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Keep adding suitable material to the compost bin to make your own soil improver and mulch.
Weed Killer & Control
Hoe annual weeds regularly to stop them getting estblished and becoming a problem..
Weed Killer & Control
Treat perennial weeds with a weedkiller containing glyphosate to kill their roots..
Weed Killer & Control
Treat gravel paths and driveways with a path weedkiller to keep them weed-free for months.
Birds & Wildlife Products
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.
Pests & Disease products
Check plants regularly for pests and diseases and deal with them promptly to prevent them spreading.
Pests & Disease products
Keep protecting susceptible plants from slug and snail damage.
Take basal stem cuttings from perennials, such as delphiniums and lupins.
Composts & Growing
Feed all your garden plants with a suitable plant food – especially if you didn't do it last month.
Composts & Growing
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.
 

Seasonal guides

Plant feeding application tips

There are numerous ways to apply plant feeds or fertilisers. Each has its advantages and can be used in different circumstances.

Mulching

When mulching your garden, understanding your soil and its needs is the key to gardening success. Soil acts as an anchor for plant roots and holds air, water and plant nutrients which are essential for continued plant growth. Mulching your garden helps trap valuable moisture in your soil improving the availablity uptake of nutrients and also preventing weed growth.

Growing on small plants

Buying young plants that can be grown on to flowering and cropping is an easy and convenient way of producing colourful garden displays and productive vegetable gardens...

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