April 2020 – Treat it like your Child!

April’s here and spring has certainly sprung! As the weather warms and early flowers begin to bloom, all of a sudden it feels like there’s much to be done in the garden again!

Make the most out of your garden any chance you get with these tasks:

  • Give your greenhouse an in-depth scrub (if you haven’t already) with hot soapy water. This will remove pests, diseases and let in more light.
  • Arrange beds for the growing season. Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or manure. You can also work in a general-purpose fertiliser, like a pelleted chicken manure, or fish, blood and bone.
  • Check your container plants aren’t drying out, the warmer weather will rapidly disturb soil moisture levels.
  • Keep on removing faded flowers from winter pansies to prevent them setting seed. This will embolden blooms of new flowers throughout the spring.
  • Go over tree ties to ensure they’re not cutting into the trunk. Relax any that are tight, to give the trunk some room to expand.
  • Mow your lawn more frequently, as required. Lower your mower blades closer to the end of the month.
  • Invest in water butts, place them under a downpipe to make the most of the rain.

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