Garden in Spring

Gardening advice for April

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, April 04

Gardening advice for April

Hoeing bordersAt long last Spring has arrived and so has the nagging question 'where do I begin?' This is the month to plant summer bulbs and annual flower seeds in the garden. Bulbs that have finished flowering can be deadheaded but the green foliage should be left for a few weeks as it provides food for the bulb for flowering next year. Feed them with a liquid feed or bonemeal Perennials can be divided now and the additional plants moved to a new area of the garden.

Fertilize roses and plant new ones before growth starts. Continue with the spring clean, hoe borders to get rid of weeds before they have a chance to take hold. Perennial weeds will come back if hoed off so use a weedkiller containing glyphosate. Mulch your borders, remove moss and weeds from pathways and the drive. Rake over bare surfaces of the lawn and reseed.

Make new borders and flower beds if required, plant out sweet peas, clean and repair garden tools. Fences and wooden furniture can be treated with preservative.

Wage war on slugs and snails that love to munch on tulips and young shots. Use pet friendly slug pellets, pot bands or liquid slug killer, especially around hosta. Pick of snails. Birds will enjoy eating them so place flat stones in the garden for them to hone their skills.

Log pile in gardenLook after wildlife in the garden. Keep the birdbath topped up with clean water and use bird feeders or a bird table for food. Do not place on the ground as this will attract vermin. Hang up a bee nesting box and replace worn bird boxes. Use logs, rocks and twigs to create a shelter. Plant seeds, annals and perennial plants that will attract insects and butterflies.


Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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