April Gardening Calendar

The days are extending, light levels improving and things are really warming up – it’s real gardening weather! There’s lots to be done in the garden right now, so let’s get to it!

Lawns

Hopefully, mowers, strimmers etc. have been serviced and ready to go. Make sure the lawnmower blades are set fairly high for those first cuts as frosts can damage the grass.

It’s a good time to sow new lawns – and repair old ones!

Important in sowing is to choose the right grass mix for your needs. Should you need a really hard-wearing surface then choose a blend high in ryegrass species.

Vegetables

Time to sow vegetables outdoors for healthy summer eating! Peas and Beans, Beetroot, Carrots or summer salads. There’s even still time to sow tomatoes. Early potatoes too can be planted.

So much choice to get you growing!

Flowers

Early sowings indoors or in the glasshouse can be transplanted and grown on.

Hardy annuals like Calendulas and perennial flowers such as Delphiniums can be sown direct outside, calendulas where they are to flower and delphiniums into a finely raked ‘seed bed’ for later transplanting.

Prune and split up overgrown herbaceous perennials.

Fruit

Plant pot raised strawberries in containers or the garden soil. You will get three years of sumptuous cropping. You can also hang horticultural fleece over your fruit trees to protect blossom from frosts.

Ponds

Don’t forget the garden pond. It’s a good time for planting water lilies.

There’s plenty to do as early summer approaches!

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