What to do in your garden during April
In subtropical regions of the country do the following during April.
Plant & Sow
Sow quick-maturing summer annuals like:
Give citrus trees their mid-season feed of 6:1:5 granular fertiliser or an organic equivalent spread evenly over the drip line 20-30cm away from the stem. Mulch and water well
Sow vegetables like:
Petroselinum species (Parsley)
Apium graveolens (Celery)
Phaseolus coccineus (Runner bean)
Raphanus sativus (Radishes)
Phaseolus vulgaris (Beans (dwarf/green), French beans)
Cucurbita maxima (Pumpkins)
Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)
Daucus carota (Carrots)
Capsicum annuum var. longum, C. var. annuum (Sweet peppers)
Brassica oleracea var. capitata (Cabbages)
Brassica campestris var. rapa (Turnips)
General garden maintenance
- Water tropical plants frequently when the weather is hot and dry.
- Put out snail bait after watering or rain.
- Feed mangoes, and water pawpaws every two weeks in dry weather.
- Water staghorn ferns, bromeliads and orchids daily.
- Do not neglect your container plants; prune them lightly and feed and water them regularly.
- Cut out the dead branches from garden trees.
- Feed and deadhead annuals.
- Feed shrubs with a fertilizer high in potassium.
- Water and mow the lawn.
- Fertilize and mulch heliconias and calatheas which are starting to grow during this month.
- Fertilize guava, litchi and mango trees.
- Feed foliage plants with a nitrogen-based fertilizer, such as Nitrosol or Seagro.
- Watch out for mildew on plants, especially on zinnias, and spray if necessary.
- Feed cannas, mulch with compost and water regularly.
- Deadhead flowering plants.
- Water mango trees well from now on.
For April maintenance tips on watering, pruning,
pests and disease, fertilizing and much more visit our countrywide maintenance guide.