Follow the tips beneath as a basic maintenance guide for your garden this April.
Plant & Sow
- Sow all summer flowering annuals:
- Sow these winter flowering annuals:
- Iceberg roses – a constant bloomer and vigorous grower. Icebergs are ideal for mass plantings or containers. Gardenias – known as one of the most fragrant shade-loving plants. They have attractive evergreen glossy foliage that grows into a neat round bush. These beautiful plants love growing in well-drained, acid soil.
- Sow vegetables like:
- Fertilize fruit trees like apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums and quinces.
- Fertilise annuals and bedding plants with a liquid fertilizer every 14 days.
General garden maintenance
- Mow the lawn if necessary.
- Water plants properly, giving them a thorough soaking every three or four days to encourage deep root development. Mulch well with organic
- Red spider can be troublesome in hot, dry weather. Spray to prevent infestation.
- Spray apples, pears and quinces against codling moth; and apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums against fruit fly. Spray grapes for mildew where necessary.
- Deadhead roses regularly and water two or three times weekly.
- Mulch the garden beds.
- Remember to dead head annuals and bedding plants regularly and feed every 2 weeks or so with a diluted liquid fertilizer.
- Continue to remove weeds from lawns and paving’s.
- Feed flowering shrubs once a month.
- Feed your hydrangeas.
- Keep an eye out for red spider mite as they love the hot, dry conditions.