Gardening in April

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The striking colours of spring flowering bulbs bring life back to the garden after the dull winter months.
Here are some useful tips to help you make the most of your garden.

General gardening jobs for April

Remove old leaves and stems from perennials leaving space for new growth.

  • Weed frequently, but take care not to disturb last year’s seedlings.
  • Give young trees, standard shrubs and roses extra support with a sturdy stake. Check the ties regularly.
  • In periods of prolonged drought or light frost, water young plants frequently to prevent them from drying out.
  • Roses can be fertilized once a month until mid-June.
  • Spring bulbs with heavy flowers, such as hyacinths and Darwin tulips, need support to prevent them from blowing down or snapping.
  • Remove dead flowers from spring flowering bulbs to prevent them from reseeding themselves, as this can adversely affect flowering the following year.
  • Treat the border with compost, manure and/or moist peat.
  • Check last year’s summer flowering bulbs and tubers for mould or rot, and dispose of any diseased bulbs.

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