April Gardening Tips

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The sunny windy weather in March has dried up the waterlogged ground, Spring has sprung and the clocks have given us extra daylight in the evenings. It’s finally time to get back in the garden and get sowing! April is an exciting time for Gardeners, Summer is on its way and your Winter garden is about to get a facelift. Here are our April Gardening Tips and to do list.

Lawns

  • Aerate, vigorously rake in all directions, this will also remove dead grass and moss
  • Apply moss killer and allow to go black before raking
  • Re-seed any worn areas
  • Lay turf
  • Apply a complete lawn food, if not just treating moss
  • When mowing for the first time, cut high as this will help to encourage new growth.

Beds and borders

Remove any plants that have not survived the Winter, a vast range of new and wonderful plants are available to choose from your local Van Hage store. We have a friendly team of Horticulturally trained staff who are happy to talk you through our plant options.

  • Remove any plants that have not survived the Winter, a vast rang is available to choose from at Van Hage
  • Prune any Winter flowering shrubs as soon as they finish
  • All hardy plants will perform better if mulched with compost or manure
  • Trim Summer flowering shrubs, that flower on new growth

Seeds

  • Sow Summer flowering bedding plants

Fruit

  • Finish pruning any trees and bushes
  • Plant trees and bushes

Roses

  • Finish pruning bush, patio, shrub and climbing roses
  • Plant Roses in the ground and pots

Climbing plants

  • Tie in new growth as it starts

Bedding plants

  • Remove any faded blooms
  • Liquid feed to give energy to help recover from the Winter and encourage flowering
  • Replace any Winter damaged plants

Vegetables

  • Cultivate the vegetable plot as soon as the soil is dry enough to dig
  • Plant seed potatoes as soon as the soil begins to dry
  • Sow crops in small batches
  • Plant onion sets when the soil is dry enough
  • Keep greenhouses well ventilated during milder days, heat as required

House plants

  • Plants will start to require more water with the longer sunnier days
  • Start to feed at regular intervals

Watering

  •  Evergreen plants in pots will begin to require more water


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