What to do in the garden in April
April is all about having a spring in your step and cracking on with the gardening so you can sit back and enjoy it when the good weather arrives. Getting outdoors in the fresh air has proven health benefits, so make the most of all the extra time you suddenly have at the moment by venturing outside and showing your garden some love! April is one of the busiest gardening months in the calendar and now’s the time to get stuck in with regularly cutting the grass, sowing your favourite veggies outdoors and keeping on top of the weeds. Before planting, you need to make sure all beds are prepared before crops go in. Also, keep an eye out for slugs! This time of year they start to appear more frequently…Here’s our list of April garden jobs:
What to plant in April…
Think about using a trellis to trail up plants such as clematis and honeysuckle, the results are always very effective. Alternatively, hanging baskets and wall-mounted planters are great for adding interest and instant colour high up fences and walls. For a really unique look that’s simple to implement, get your hands on some rustic mesh that can be fixed to a wall or fence and attach terracotta pots filled with different types of flowers and herbs to create instant 3D interest.
The weather’s picking up, so it’s the perfect time to get sowing and growing.
What to sow indoors
You can also get growing veg indoors including:
- Sweet peppers
- Globe artichokes.
What to sow outdoors
As well as sowing indoors, you can now start sowing plants outdoors too (just watch out for any unexpected frosts). Vegetable seeds that are great for sowing outdoors in April include:
- Swiss chard
- Summer cauliflower
- Perpetual spinach in well-prepared soil.
This really is the month for getting growing! Make sure you’re ready to get cracking with all the compost, propagators, specialist plant feed and useful bits and bobs like plant labels that you need and nothing will hold you back. It can still get a little chilly outdoors in April, so pre-warm your soil in spring by covering with cloches or plastic sheets to allow for early planting and sowing. Once planted, protect seeds from frost by using a poly tunnel.
If your lawn’s looking a little worse for wear after the colder, wetter months it’s worth thinking about weeding, feeding and treating your lawn to bring it up to scratch in time for summer. Invest in some quality lawn seed and food high in nitrates to encourage spring growth. You’ll also want to tackle any moss problems you have. If there’s a light touch of moss, try scarifying your lawn to remove the worst of it, but if you have quite a big problem with moss you might be best applying a moss-killer first and then scarifying.
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Main jobs for lawn care:
- Sowing lawn seeds repairing any bare patches
- Mowing your lawn more regularly as it gets warmer
- As it get towards to the end of the month, remember to lower your mower blades to get a neater cut.
Stay out after dark with garden lighting
Make the most of your outdoor space even after dark by creating a mood which enhances your garden’s best features. Whether you’re buying on a budget or strapped for space, garden lighting can change the feel of any setting.
To save time and energy look for outdoor solar lights. Quick to get up and running, without the need for professional help, garden solar lights are also eco-friendly being a renewable energy source. What’s great about solar lights is that they allow you to be as creative as you want, giving you the freedom to put them anywhere you like without the hassle or restrictions of wires.
Fruit and veg
- Sow brassica in seed beds or trays
- Plant main crop potatoes
- Plant asparagus and rhubarb crowns
- Sow crops such as beetroot, carrots, coriander and spinach
- Continue sowing seeds in trays indoors
- Sow peas outdoors
- Cover fruit blossom with fleece to protect them against night frosts.
- Continue weeding
- Check for pests and disease, treating with pest control accordingly
- Plant up hanging baskets
- Start training climbers
- Water bulbs as they start to appear
- Plant summer bedding plants such as begonia, sweet peas, busy lizzies and geraniums.
- Weed and feed lawn
- Sow lawn seed where needed or over-seed to help encourage vigorous regrowth
- Get the mower out and start regular trims.
- Top up raised beds with compost
- Lay weed guard before they start actively growing
- Remove dirt and clean paths and paving
- Invest in a water butt, installing them under a downpipe to make the most of the rainfall
- Top up bird baths and bird feeders for our feathered friends.
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