The top 10 jobs to carry out in April (source – RHS) are:
- Keep weeds under control
- Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
- Tie in climbing and rambling roses
- Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds
- Start to feed citrus plants
- Increase the water given to houseplants
- Feed hungry shrubs and roses
- Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
- Prune fig trees
- Divide bamboos and waterlilies
With the hose pipe ban affecting many of us there are also jobs you can be doing now which will help you to conserve water and minimise watering:
- Mulch beds and borders with a well rotted manure, bark chippings or other media. This will keep water in the soil, and supress weeds which take water away from your plants
- Collect water from drainpipes via water butts and collection systems – there has been a huge demand for these so buy while they are still available
- Fit soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems. These are allowed during the ban as long as you fit a pressure valve and timer, and are perfect for watering vegetable beds, pots and borders which you would normally have watered with a hose or sprinkler
You can read more about gardening in dry weather in a previous article.
If you have a greenhouse or conservatory you can be growing on bedding and basket plants, but please make sure you keep them protected from frost. At this time of year it can be sunny in the day time but night time temperatures can then fall to below freezing, so it pays to be cautious. We have a huge selection of Perrywood Grown bedding and basket plants, and many more are being put out for sale each week.
Finally, a tip we mention each year, don’t forget that when your daffodils stop flowering you should keep the green leaves until they die down naturally, to puttheir goodness back into the bulbs. By cutting them down next year’s display will not be as good.