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Garden Jobs During April

keep-calm-and-enjoy-spring-5_largeSpring is here and trees, shrubs, grass and weeds are bursting into life, the days are longer and warmer making April a busy gardening month.

Weeding is a tedious and laborious task but by getting on top of those little weedlings now will prevent them from getting stronger and reproducing, remember “One year’s seeding makes seven years’ weeding”.

Early flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, flowering currants and Spirea can be pruned as soon as they finish flowering. Cut the flowered stems back to strong new leafy side shoots this keeps your shrubs neat, compact and ensures they flower next year.

Perennials

Tall perennials such as Delphiniums and Campanulas benefit from early staking and foliage will soon cover any unsightly supports. Protect smaller perennials from slugs and snails. Divide established plants, perennials that need dividing are easy to spot they look congested and as the plant clump grows the new growth creates a ring leaving the centres looking dilapidated or dead. Dig around the plant and lift out of the ground, insert 2 forks into the centre of the clump back to back, push against each fork to prise them apart, this will break up the clump, this can be quite tricky but keep going and you will be rewarded, new clumps can be planted and should flower later this year.

Dead head daffodils this ensures the bulb doesn’t waste energy producing seed heads and instead forms next year’s flower, leave foliage to rot down without tying.

Lawns

Remove dead thatch, using a spring-tined rake pull it vigorously all over the lawn, this might make it look shabby but it will soon recover and look better than before. Trim lawn edges. Clean the underside of your mower and ensure blades have been sharpened. Begin regular mowing but don’t be tempted to cut it too short, keep the blades of the mower high.

Sow sweet peas and hardy annuals

Sow or turf new lawns

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Plant summer flowering bulbs such as Lily, Gladioli and Begonias.

Prune roses and lavenders

Trim winter flowering heathers

Beware of frosts

Remove any of last year’s dead growth on perennials

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