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April Gardening Advice

Us gardeners welcome April with open arms, with the daffodils making an appearance whilst we find ourselves still out in the gardens, amazing ourselves that we are still working away past 6pm. Hopefully we will see much kinder weather this month but with the nostalgia of the good old April showers (as long as this isn’t snow we don’t really mind!).

You can still buy and plant bare root hedging right up until the end of the month. Bare root hedging is the cheapest way of achieving a hedge, much cheaper than fences and nicer looking too!  Moving evergreen shrubs is still possible early in the month also as long as the new planting site is not waterlogged.

The Rootball hedging season has been extended from the cold weather we had in March. Root balled evergreens are cheaper than pot grown evergreens (due to the lower cost involved in this growing method) – and particularly when customers are looking for tall, bushy plants, this is a very economical way to establish a new hedge.

Before the weather gets too warm, you can still plant pot-grown deciduous hedging, shrubs, trees and climbers in the garden, but make sure you are thorough with your aftercare as the plants will need more water to help them establish as the weather improves. When planting new hedges, shrubs or climbers, don’t forget to use stakes and rabbit guards to prevent damage.

There’s still time to trim your perennials and ornamental grasses, removing any dead or diseased foliage.

General maintenance

Early spring is the perfect time to lay new turf as little mowing is required at this time. However, you need to stay on top of your watering, especially during the hotter months of summer.

Make sure you regularly check for weeds and remove any growth as soon as you spot it.

There’s still a slight risk of frosts in April, so be prepared to protect any fruit blossom if late frosts are forecast.

Gradually start to increase the amount of water you give to your houseplants.

A high-nitrogen fertiliser applied in April can give your lawn a well-needed boost ready for the new season.

Repair any bare patches and tidy your lawn edges.

The only downside of warmer weather can be the insects that arrive with it. Keep a look out for caterpillars, aphids, slugs and other garden pests as they are often easy to get rid of by hand, especially when the infestation is new.

This month is a good time to use a weedkiller or mosskiller on your lawn – always use the recommended quantities given on the packet and follow the instructions.

Although the sun isn’t cracking the flags just yet, the temperature has still risen slightly so check your containers regularly to see if they need watering – they can dry out quite quickly at this time of year.

Give your fences some attention by treating them with a preservative and applying a fresh coat of paint.

Wildlife

Algae normally starts to grow in spring so you may notice the water in your pond adopting a green tinge – don’t worry, this is normal. It should calm down after a few weeks but if it continues to grow, you can add oxygenating plants to help clear the water.

Spring is the perfect time to build a bug box. Building a home for nature will encourage a variety of helpful insects such as ladybirds and bees into your garden and it’s a great way to increase the biodiversity in your space.

Make sure your bird baths are clean and filled.

Turn your garden into a hedgehog haven.

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