April

Spring is finally in evidence as daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom. 

Expect the inevitable April showers this month but with sunny days too, you can turn your attention to the lawn. It's an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it's also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts...

  1. Keep weeds under control.  Doing this early in the season should prevent them seeding and becoming a problem.  Try hoeing the border once a week.  Perennial weeds, such as dandelions, will unfortunately come back if they’re hoed off so use a weedkiller containing glyphosate and this should get rid of them permanently.
  1. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
  2. Tie climbing and rambling roses
  3. Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds
  4. Start to feed citrus plants
  5. Increase the water given to houseplants
  6. Feed hungry shrubs and roses
  7. Sow new lawns or repair bare patches.  Start mowing once a week, beginning with the blades at the highest setting and gradually lowering them over the weeks.   Trim the lawn’s edges and give the lawn a feed.  If your lawn contains weeds or moss, treat with a weed and feed treatment.
  8. Prune fig trees
  9. Divide bamboos and water lillies

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