Gardening Jobs for April

There are plenty of gardening jobs to do in April, including the maintenance of your plants, lawn and garden structures.

April is an exciting month for gardening as we begin to see the first signs of daffodils growing and flowering trees blooming. There will of course be showers as well as warm weather this month but with the conditions getting drier, there will be plenty of opportunities to carry out important garden maintenance jobs.

So lets take a look at what the gardening jobs for April actually are...

Garden Structures & Furniture

If you have garden furniture or structures that take pride of place in your garden, now is the time to get them spruced up and ready for the summer months. Remove algae from walls, paths and patios by using a stiff-bristled brush or pressure washer.

Check over your pergola, arch or arbour to see if any repairs need to be done. During the dry weather, it is the ideal time to treat your timber structures with wood preservative and stain. April is also a great time to start installing garden decking and seating areas, as well as clearing out things like out-of-date chemicals from your shed.

Lawn Mowing & Sowing

Of course, spring time is the ideal time to start getting your lawn in to tip top condition.

April is a good month to apply lawn weed killer. Just follow the packaging instructions to avoid pollution of groundwater. Rake garden lawns lightly with a spring-tine rake to remove dead moss a few weeks after applying a chemical moss killer.

Sowing new lawns should be carried out from mid-April to early May unless the soil is very wet. Cultivating, levelling and lightly firming the ground will prepare it for sowing.

Mow your garden lawns when necessary to maintain a constant height throughout the year. You can add the clippings to a compost heap, just make sure that you add them in thin layers to stop the wet grass from smelling unpleasant. For a quick guide on building a compost heap, see our recent blog post.

Other Gardening Jobs to be Done in April:-

  • Use compost and quality topsoil from your composters to top up raised beds. Find out how in our handy guide.
  • Watch out for warnings of pests and diseases as it is better to prevent an infestation than cure it.
  • Top up your bird feeders and baths to welcome birds into your garden.
  • Carry out weeding regularly and apply weed killer to perennial weeds in patios and paving.
  • Put a layer of mulch, created from organic matter, around your trees, shrubs and perennials before the summer weather arrives.
  • Lilies and Ranunculus are examples of summer-flowering bulbs that can be planted into beds and containers this month. You can also carry on planting herbaceous perennials.
  • Use a slow-release fertiliser to feed shrubs, hedges and trees by forking it in to the soil surface.
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  • Begin feeding citrus plants
  • Give house plants more water
  • So what jobs will you be carrying out this month? Let us know in the comment section below or give us a shout on Twitter, Facebook & Google +.


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