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April

Spring is here! Hopefully, this month will be full of sunny warm days, but 'April showers' will no doubt not be far away. Here are some jobs we recommend for April.

lawn care

If you haven’t already started mowing your lawn, now is the perfect time to start.

Always set your mower to a high setting to avoid talking off too much growth. Later in the year you can get away with cutting lower, but as the growth Is new you don’t want to take more than a third of the blades off.

Only mow lawns on dry days, ideally once the sun has evaporated any damp off the grass. Mowing a wet lawn will stress you, the mower and the grass out and can lead to clumps of grass blocking the mower and shading parts of the lawn out.

Collect clippings or not?

As mentioned before, as long as your lawn isn’t damp, the blades of grass cut will fall freely on the lawn. Grass cuttings will quickly biodegrade and release nutrients to the lawn (as long as they aren’t in clumps!). you can gently rake your lawn clipping over your lawn to ensure a decent spread.

Sometimes you may not want to have grass cuttings all over your lawn. You may want to show off your lawn for an event or simply don’t want to look at the mulch of grass. Many mowers will have a feature to collect grass cuttings while they mow. This makes for brilliant compost, but take caution if you have recently used any weed or moss killer products.  

Feed, Weed & Seed

Just as the grass is springing into new growth, so are weeds and moss! Now is the time to stock up on fertilisers and lawn-specific weed & moss killers (some products are all three). The easiest way to apply a lawn fertiliser is using a lawn spreader. Aim to water the lawn a few days prior to applying fertiliser or choose to apply the treatment after a rainy day. Follow instructions on the product in question and familiarise yourself with how the spreader works (most models will have different settings for spread). The best time to seed a lawn is arguably late summer to mid autumn when the weeds are not quite as competitive, but you can seed lawns and seed patches around about now as long as you stop them from drying out.

Keep your lawn green and free of weeds

ALWAYS keep new lawns watered in hotter weather!

WInter Bedding may need tidying

What to prune this month

  • We should have hopefully left the majority of frosts behind now, or at least the most severe. Evergreens that have taken any frost damage can be pruned to remove damage. You can now safely prune evergreens into shape as any new growth won’t now be exposed to frost.
  • Daffodils and tulips can be deadheaded once flowers begin to fade. This allows the plant to focus energy into the bulb for next year’s growth. You can leave the flowers on if you wish the daffodils to set seed.
  • Winter bedding plants can be cleaned up now and replaced if needs be. Pansies and violas can be deadheaded (unless you want them to set seed).
  • Perennials that haven’t been pruned in autumn can be pruned now. Some perennials aren’t cut in autumn so that the older growth can protect the sensitive crown such as penstemons. Leaving pruning to spring also provides shelter for wildlife, but any stems or leaves showing signs or fungal or disease should be cut off to protect the plant.

Feeding & mulching

Weeding is a never-ending job but frequent weeding helps. Adding mulch around trees, shrubs and perennials will help supress weeds and maintain moist soil. It’s important to keep up with weeding and mulching around fruit bushes, especially those with shallow roots (blueberries). Depending on whether you choose to use organic matter or not, it is worthwhile using a general fertiliser like growmore.

For newly planted trees, roses and shrubs it is important to encourage strong root systems. Products that contain mycorrhizal fungi will help establish a colony of beneficial fungi that act as a ‘second’ root system, giving a successful foothold for new specimens.

Always use aquatic compost or you will suffer algae and clarity issues!

Pond Maintenance

Pond Care

  • Waterlilies that are showing signs of growth can be lifted out now and split if needed. see our guide to splitting & replanting waterlilies.
  • It may still be too cold for some blanketweed and green water treatments to work correctly, so always check the treatment for minimum temperature. Some treatments such as Aquasource Resolve will work at lower temperatures. Manual removal of blanketweed either by hand or by specially designed tools is the best option.
  • If you haven't already, you should make sure your UV lamp has been changed. UV lamps will only radiate the correct UV wavelength for a certain amount of time before their output depreciates and they no longer work as an algaecide. Simply, this means that lamps should be changed every 6 months in order to keep green water down. It is possible to only change your lamps once a year if you change them early spring so that they are at their strongest when needed.
  • Monitor your water temperature to help you decide what to feed your fish. It’s very hard to determine what food is the best based on the time of the year, as our lovely British weather can vary so much! See our guide to what to feed at what temperature.

Other considerations for this month.

  • Houseplants – now that the light levels are increasing it is advisable to start liquid feeding. Specialised houseplants will need specialised fertiliser. Citrus, bonsai, orchids and cacti are just some examples.
  • Greenhouses – Have shade ready for intense hot days. You can carry on opening greenhouses up during the day to vent but make sure you close them up on the night.
  • Sweet peas can be sown outside now. Wigwams and frames can also be put in place as long as they won’t overshadow the young saplings/germinated seedlings.

Time spent in the garden is time well spent.

Come see a member of Teamings for any help or advice.

Special offers in-store this month

Subject to availability - while stocks last.

Westcountry Lupins

New Stock

£11.00

Mixed Alpines

£3.99 Each

6 for £20

Mixed Perennials (9cm pot)

£2.50 each

6 for £12

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2 Comments to “ Garden Jobs – April”

  1. Jerome says :Reply

    I spent a lot of time to find something like this

    1. Teamings says :Reply

      Thank you! Glad you’ve found us.

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