by Webmaster, 31st March 2022
Make the most of April sunshine (when it’s not raining), and tackle those spring gardening jobs
And as the song goes; ‘Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May. So if it's raining, have no regrets’.
Or will we? So often we get caught out with late, quite harsh frosts in April. These can be devastating to us gardeners? They can spoil the blooms of Camellias, darken the petals on our Magnolias and even kill off some of our beautiful ornamental flowering cherry blossoms and also fruit trees/bushes.
On frosty nights, cover your delicate blossom trees, fruit trees and shrubs with a good horticultural fleece. Leave sowing seeds directly into the ground, or planting out the more delicate plants in the garden until the end of May or until all frosts have disappeared. You won't be any further behind as the seeds and plants will play catch up and flourish when the temperatures start rising. That's when the non-native birds start to arrive. They know a thing or two you know!
If you have a heated greenhouse then your seedling plants will be fine, but if your greenhouse is unheated then it might be wise to cover them at night with the horticultural fleece.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of jobs to do in the garden:-
Weed first and then mulch your flower beds paying particular attention to mulch around your roses, shrubs and perennial plants (the latter come up every spring). This will not only nourish your plants but will prevent the plants from drying out in high winds or hot sun.
As mentioned above, keep your annual plants protected and under cover until all frosts have gone.
Finish any winter digging and generally spread over with a suitable light garden feed not forgetting to go around shrubs, roses and perennials.
Plant up any hanging basket etc in readiness, but hang them in the greenhouse for protection.
Divide and replant perennials. Water thoroughly.
Order pest control for the dreaded insects like aphids, slugs and snails. Please be sure to protect our birds and bees with eco-friendly products which are readily available.
Prick out seedlings and pot them up in readiness for outside planting.
Feed Clematis, support and tie to frames etc.
Give a trim to your lawns, keeping the cutters up high.
Pressure wash your paths, patios and garden furniture.
Prune and feed winter Jasmine after flowering and tie in it's shoots. Also prune Hydrangeas removing any dead foliage to prevent disease.
Plant up tubs of Dahlias and Begonias. Keep under cover.
These are but a few of the jobs we can be doing in April. So enjoy the spring sunshine but be mindful to keep an eye on watering plants if needed.