Validation Test – What to do in the garden in April

April is one of the busiest months of the year in the garden.  There are seeds to be sown, lawns to be moved, shrubs to be pruned, vegetables to be sown, plants to be feed.

Things to do:

  • Cut your grass.  Your lawn will require regular mowing from now on.  Keep the blades of your lawnmower high for the first few cuts.
  • Feed your lawn with a good lawn feed, weed and mosskiller
  • Re-seed any bald patches in your lawn
  • Pot up young seedlings
  • Sow your vegetable garden if you haven’t already done so.  Potatoes, leeks, summer cabbage, turnips, parsnips and lettuce can be planted outdoors
  • Start hardening off bedding plants
  • Fertilize Roses. You can also begin spraying roses for pests and diseases
  • Control pests and diseases especially slugs and snails
  • Feed plants in your garden using a slow-release fertiliser

Planning a new garden

echinacea flowers in the sunshine

Whether you are starting a brand new garden or have decided your existing garden could do with a facelift, you need a plan. Take the time to sit down and decide what you want from your garden, this really does pay off in the long run.

Firstly, who is the garden for? A single person, a young couple, family, children, elderly person or  a  disabled person. Also are there pets? The requirements are vastly different for each of these. The young couple may both working full time and want a low maintenance garden for entertaining. The elderly person may have the time to garden but may not be as agile and so the mowing the lawn becomes a difficulty. They may require raised beds to attend their plants. Read more

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