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April in the Garden

by CountryLife Gardening | Apr 09, 2015

What to do in the garden in April
April has arrived and it’s graced us with some fantastic weather and as April is one of the busiest months in a gardener's calendar it’s just the encouragement you need. Although this fabulous weather is to break for this weekend, reports suggest it will return next week so make the most of it.

Flowers

  • Deadhead daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs to encourage new blooms. Watch our video of “How to plant a hanging basket” to see Fergal explaining how to deadhead your flowers. 
  • Sow seeds of hardy annual flowers, you can sow directly into beds where you would like them to bloom.
  • Plant out perennials 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.
  • Give acid-loving shrubs a generous feed with acidic (ericaceous) fertiliser.

Fruit & Veg

  • Sow your vegetables. Now it’s time to sow peas, broad beans, brassicas, leeks, root veg, spinach, chicory, Swiss chard, salad and hardy herbs. You can get a headstart by planting ready to go plants available now from our Countrylife branches.
  • Top Tip – sow your vegetables at regular 3-4week intervals so you can have a regular supply of delicious salad crops for the coming months.
  • Remember to keep an eye new plants for slugs
  • It’s time to start planting strawberry plants and don’t forget to tidy up and feed the old ones too

Around the Garden

  • Your garden should be just ready for its first cut now, mowing little and often is best. Gradually lower mower blades throughout the growing season. Remember not to mow too closely as this will encourage moss. 
  • Aerate compacted areas of lawn by spiking it with a garden fork. Simply push the fork into the ground all over the lawn allowing around 30cm between each plunge and 7.5cm (6”) deep.
  • Treat your lawn for moss and weeds in lawns with weed killer, and boost growth with a lawn feed.
  • Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered until established.

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Jean's Bio
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.