Spring has sprung. By now, temperatures have gradually risen and frequent rainfall is keeping our gardens well watered; providing an excellent environment for a thriving garden. The fourth month of the year sees the spring flowering season come to a gradual end and beacons the beginning of the summer flowering season.
If you followed our tips and tricks from the previous month, your patio displays and hanging baskets should be well on their way to growing at full velocity now. Read on to discover our list of essential gardening tasks for April to look forward to a successful summer harvest.
Full-blooming flowers in April will make you not want to leave your patio!
Click here for more information about how to successfully plan out the gardening seasons and discover plenty of useful tips and tricks for the individual months.
What we'll cover in this article:
- Removing deadheads
- Preparing for a colourful garden
- Beds & Borders & Moss control
- Grow-your-own: Tip of the Month
- Wrapping Up
Deadhead spent flowers
As the spring flowering season comes to a gradual end in April, you are likely to see the daffodils, tulips and snowdrops that were blooming in the previous months beginning to fade. Have a walk through your garden and remove any spent flowers you spot, as this allows you to put more energy back into the bulb, strengthening the bulbs for the next season. Of course, it also just makes your flower display look more vibrant and healthy, allowing you to enjoy your spring bulbs for that little bit longer.
Prepare for bright, brazing colours
Speaking of vibrant colours; now is the perfect time to plant perennials at the front of your borders or in flower pots to add a sea of sparkling hues to your landscape.
It’s also noteworthy that if you have planted geraniums, delphiniums and lily bulbs in the previous months, they are just about to start breaking the surface in April, giving you an array of colours to look forward to for the summer months.
Plant perennials to give a pop of colour to your garden
Beds and Borders: Top dress and mulch
To give your emerging garden a great start to the season, you will want to top-dress and mulch your borders and beds. This will give your herbaceous plants that died back in the colder winter months a supportive environment to make a re-appearance in the coming months.
When it comes to your lawn, we recommend getting a head start on moss control and repairing any bald patches. Add some fertiliser around your garden to encourage strong root growth and rich green foliage. Even better, top it up with a generous serving of mulch, allowing you to suppress the weeds for the summer months to come and keeping them under control. This enables you to keep your gardening landscape moist, whilst reducing the amount of work you have got to do, saving you hours of weeding in the future.
Mulching helps suppress weed and improve the soil around your flowers
Grow and Sow your Own
If you followed our gardening tips for March, you are already on the way for a successful veggie patch. If you haven’t, do not worry. All is not lost. You can start by covering up any open areas where you are planning to plant your summer crops. This helps temperatures warm up, giving the soil that little bit of extra warmth necessary to give your crops the best possible start for a successful harvest in the months to come.
April is an exciting time for gardeners as the frequent rainfall and the warm temperatures create an excellent environment for our gardens to thrive. Geraniums, delphiniums and lily bulbs are blooming in brazing colours, creating a vibrant scenery for us to enjoy.
As we feel the gentle sunshine on our skin and breathe in the scent of spring rain, we are reminded of rebirth, regrowth and renewal. It marks the perfect time for new beginnings and invites us to take action. This is a great month to paint your sheds, deckings and fences and to get all foundation jobs done, so you can be sure to enjoy your garden at its best this summer.
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