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Gardening To-Do’s – Winter Rainfall Regions – April

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What to do in your garden during April

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:

BeetrootBroccoliBrussels sproutsCabbageCarrotCauliflower


ParsnipRadishRunner beanSpinachTurnip

Garden Maintenance


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
  • 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 deadhead annuals and bedding plants regularly and feed every 2 weeks or so with diluted liquid fertilizer.
  • Continue to remove weeds from lawns and pavings.
  • Lift and divide spring-flowering irises.
  • Keep all perennials well watered and feed with all Purpose Fertilizer.
  • Water plants originally from summer rainfall regions well. Remember to water the garden early in the morning and preferably on wind-free days.
  • Feed flowering shrubs once a month.
  • Feed your hydrangeas.

For April maintenance tips on watering, pruning, pests and disease, fertilizing and much more visit our countrywide maintenance guide.

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