Beware of late frosts and keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if frost is forecast. Don’t be tempted to put out tender bedding until much later on in the month, and even then be prepared to cover it if necessary.
Birds will be building their nests now in preparation for laying their eggs. Do keep putting out bird food - they quickly become accustomed to regular food supplies and it’s a real treat to see wild birds in the garden. To encourage our feathered friends to visit, we stock a great range of bird houses and feeding stations as well as bird food - a great present for amateur and avid bird watchers alike.
Trees, shrubs and climbers
Plant and move evergreen shrubs, conifers and trees and remember to water them well until firmly rooted in. Plant evergreen hedges such as laurel, yew and box and again keep them well watered in dry spells. A good soak once a week is better than superficial watering on a regular basis.
Most lawns are looking a far cry from the emerald swards of last year. Unless the weather stays filthy and cold in which case it is better to wait for balmier days, feed with a spring lawn feed to encourage new growth (these have a high nitrogen content to encourage leaf growth), mow regularly (start with the blades high for the first couple of cuts), overseed bare patches and apply weed and moss killer. Rake out or scarify after applying moss killer or you will merely be spreading moss to the rest of your lawn!
Bulbs, flowers and containers
Protect new spring shoots from frosts and slugs.
The fruit garden is one area where there is not a lot to do in April other than admire the blossom and ponder the harvest en route!