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April: Essential Tasks

April: Essential Tasks


Ahhh, spring has arrived and the natural world is starting to feel full of life, movement and vibrancy again. Is there anything more pleasing than to watch your garden emerge from colour hibernation and begin to reflect a year’s worth of hard work? 

On the other hand, April’s notoriously intermittent weather can produce an array of problems in our gardens. But if you’re prepared with a thorough and flexible plan, these problems can easily be avoided. With summer creeping around the corner, there are certain jobs that have to be carried out this month, irrespective of the weather. Summer will always be the busiest period, so this article ensures that you keep on top of your springtime preparation! 


Soil


Heavy April showers?  If the ground is too wet or cold to begin sowing, it’s a good idea to give it a helping hand:


 - Use cloches to shield the soil from rain, frost or whatever kind of weather April throws at us. 
- For the best results, it is advised that you leave the cloches to work their magic for a minimum of two weeks.


OUR TIP: As the temperature increases, prevent houseplants from drying out by increasing their water levels.


Flowers & Bulbs

- Refer back to your garden plan – are there any gaps? If so, ensure that your young plant order is processed as quickly as possible. They should arrive with enough time to still plant them with care before the end of the month.

 - For those previously planted, especially those plants producing lower yields of flowers, it is now time to feed them! 


Direct – Sunflowers, Petunia seeds, Cosmos, Didiscus, Sweet Pea, Lilies, Daffodils 


OUR TIP: During spring, you should apply fertilisers (plant food) as a top dressing. This means on top of the soil and directly around the plants. Avoid leaf contact – this will prevent scorching and root damage.


Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables

- After using the cloches, make sure that your prepared sowing areas are dry enough and at least 6 °C. If so, you should begin planting and sowing.


Direct – carrot seeds, lettuce seeds, beetroot, winter cabbages, broccoli, peas, radish seeds, brussell sprouts, chives, coriander, dill, spring onion seeds, 
Greenhouse/indoors – marrows, tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkins, squashes, aubergines rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon balm, strawberry seeds, cucumber 
Outdoors – onion sets, garlic cloves, potato seeds, berry canes 


OUR TIP: Keep delicate plants such as herbs, leaves and lettuces covered at night if there is still sign of frost.


Lawn

- Expose your lawn to the fresh, spring air by raking and disposing of any unwanted or dead grass. 
- For best results, be sure to patch-up any holes or cavities that have been revealed through this process, with a mixture of blending soil, peat and sharp sand. 


Wildlife & Pests

- If you want to attract more wildlife into your garden this summer, leave a patch of stinging nettles. A large number of butterfly species will use this patch to lay their eggs on. What feels more summery than watching butterflies flutter around your garden?
- On the other hand, be vigilant when it comes to snails and slugs. If you notice an abnormal amount of them congregating in your garden, be sure to take care of them using slug pellets. 


Happy gardening!