April 6, 2012
- Set up a water butt to collect April showers: perfect to water the garden during the long, hot summer ahead!
- Leave daffodils after flowering for at least six weeks before cutting off to allow them to build reserves for next year’s flowering.
- Harvest asparagus
- Watch out for slugs as they love young tender plant shoots. If you use a slug repellent, we’d recommend Advanced Slug Killer as it doesn’t harm the birds and pets.
- Start mowing and edging the lawn regularly for a really good finish, heighten the cut for the first few cuts.
- Lay turf: buy the best local turf you can afford, and make sure you prepare the ground well.
- Apply a general purpose fertiliser around trees and shrubs as the ground warms up and they begin to grow.
- Prune shrubs after they’ve flowered, such forsythia, ribes, winter flowering heathers and rosemary.
- Plant tender summer bulbs, such as gladioli, dahlias, begonias, lilies etc.
- Sow pumpkins, courgettes, runner beans, french beans and sweetcorn into modules indoors.
With thanks to Catherine Cutler, James Clark, Jamie McCormack and Dan Kerins