Timely Garden Tips For April

Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives. Use whatever mulch is typical for your area.

Lift and divide perennial plants now to improve their vigor and create new plants for your garden. Trade extra perennials with friends to acquire new varieties.

Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Gladiolus and Ranunculus into beds, borders and containers.

Apply a balanced slow release fertilizer to trees, shrubs and hedges.

Tie in climbing and rambling roses to their supports. Same for vines growing on trellises and fences.

If you haven’t done so already, finish cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.

Prune Forsythia as soon as they have finished flowering, cutting back to strong young shoots.

Continue to remove any faded flowers from your winter pansies to stop them setting seed. This will encourage flushes of new flowers throughout the spring.

Deadhead daffodils and tulips as the flowers finish but leave the foliage intact allowing it to die back naturally.

Direct sow hardy annuals outside or in pots.

Check that your container plants are not drying out – warm weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels.

Harvest asparagus spears when they are no more than 18cm tall.

Many crops can be direct sown into the ground now.

Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting.

Build raised beds to take the bending out of growing vegetables.

Repair any bare patches in your lawn.



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