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April in the Garden

by User Not Found | Apr 02, 2013

Pink Hyacinth

After March living up to being a month of many weathers we are now just a stepping stone away from gardens starting to come alive again. I hope you have stayed well wrapped up during what has been one of the coldest months on record here in Ireland for this time of the year and that you have not fallen too far behind in the garden. Let’s keep our fingers, legs and toes crossed this month that temperatures will begin to rise and we can get our gardens in gear. Even though the romantic feast of St Valentine’s has passed for 2013 I have been working on a little bit of matchmaking myself over the last few weeks, stay tuned for my post this week on companion planting and let relationships lead to success in your garden this year! Now, let’s get down to business and see what jobs you should be getting up to this April about the garden….

Flowers

  • To help prevent infection by mildew, rust or black spot you should spray new leaves on disease-prone roses with fungicide.
  • Sow seeds of hardy annual flowers directly into beds where you would like them to bloom. (With the current cold weather we are experiencing it might be advisable to start them indoors until conditions improve.)
  • Plant out perennials such as, Hemerocallis (Daylily), Anemone, Phlox, Dianthus in groups of odd numbers - three, five or seven. We use this as a rule of thumb for all our planting as it gives the finished effect a better overall design.
  • Deadhead (pick off dead flower heads) spring bulbs. All plants will benefit from having the dying flowers removed as soon as they begin to fade. It stops them putting energy into forming seed and encourages the plant to produce more flowers. Watch our tutorial of “How to plant a hanging basket” to see Fergal explaining how to deadhead your flowers.
  • Give acid-loving shrubs a generous feed with acidic (ericaceous) fertiliser.
Planting Seeds

Fruit & Veg

  • Feed strawberries with a high potash feed, such as tomato fertiliser.
  • Thin out seedlings from earlier sowings.
  • In order to have a regular supply of salad crops for picking start sowing them now at regular 3-4 week intervals.
  • Plant out onion sets grown in pots under glass.

Around the Garden

  • Treat moss and weeds in lawns with a “3 in 1” product such as ‘Evergreen Complete
  • Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered until established.
  • Treat problem weeds, such as nettles and brambles, with weedkiller.

If you have any further questions on this April about the garden, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

Happy Gardening

Angela.

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