“April showers bring May flowers” – Unknown
For instant colour plant primulas and polyanthus in pots and at the front of the borders.
Reinvigorate mature hardy perennials, such asters and daylilies, by dividing and replanting.
Divide hostas before they come into leaf.
Protect the new shoots of hostas, delphiniums, lupins and other vulnerable plants from slugs and snails.
Hoe borders to prevent annual and perennial weeds from spreading and seeding themselves.
Apply a general-purpose fertiliser to borders and beds.
Prune roses and feed them with a bespoke rose fertiliser.
Lightly cut back lavenders to prevent them getting too leggy and woody.
Delay pruning spring-flowering shrubs such as Forsythia and Chaenomeles until after they have finished flowering, otherwise this year’s display will be lost.
Plant new evergreen trees and shrubs.
Train Clematis, tying in the shoots to spread the growing shoots over the wall or fence for a better display of flowers. Beware as new shoots are easy to break.
Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds.
Plant out onions, shallots and garlic.
Plant out chitted second early potato tubers early this month and main crop potatoes at the end of the month.
Now is the time to sow direct carrots, peas, beetroot, winter cabbages, broccoli, and salad crops.
Repair bumps and hollows in the lawn by peeling back the turf, removing or adding soil, and then replacing the turf.
Apply a high nitrogen spring lawn fertiliser at the beginning of the month to encourage good, strong growth.
If moss is a problem, choose a combined fertiliser and moss killer. April is the best month to apply lawn weed killer.
Ensure birds are not nesting before trimming evergreen hedges.
Planting sunflowers will encourage wildlife into the garden. Birds, bees and sometimes butterflies, love the nectar and feed on the flowers when they’re in full bloom. Then greenfinches and goldfinches will feed on the drying seed heads.
Empty compost bins carefully in case hedgehogs or frogs are still hibernating.
Remove blanket weed from the pond with a rake so that it doesn’t take over.
Ensure plenty of light gets to the pond by pruning back overhanging branches. This will allow submerged plants and algae to continue to photosynthesize and replenish oxygen levels in the water.