Top 10 jobs this month (source: RHS)
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
- Protect new spring shoots from slugs
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs
- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
- Top dress containers with fresh compost
- Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
- Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
- Weeds come back in to growth – deal with them before they get out of hand
- Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
- Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days
We have had such a mild winter so your lawn may have put on a lot of growth so it’s definitely worth getting the lawnmower out if the rain holds off.
We still have plenty of shallots, onions, potatoes and summer flowering bulbs in stock…you can always start these off in pots if your soil conditions are not yet ready – come in and ask our Gardening team for the best soil to ‘grow your own’.
If you want to add colour to the garden consider planting some pansies and primulas to keep your garden looking good until it is time to plant out summer bedding at the end of May.
We also have potted spring bulbs including snowdrops, daffodils, aconites and iris, which look and smell fantastic and will attract lots of beneficial insects to your garden.