14 top tips for a Spring garden

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14 top tips for a Spring garden

The month April signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The weather may still be chilly but the daffodils have certainly pushed their way through the earth and the trees and shrubs are coming back to life.

April’s unsettled weather means it’s a month of contrasts. Sun one day, frost the next means that April can be a challenge for gardens and those who tend to them. It also means that April is a month to up those gardening tasks. No longer are you simply protecting your plants from the cold; you will also be preparing beds, sowing seeds and planting bulbs, cutting back those winter shrubs, getting the mower out (if not already done so!) and generally giving your garden a good tidy in preparation for the warmer weather.

April is a busy month for pruning – late flowering shrubs, wisteria and summer-flowering clematis will all need your attention. However, tempting as it is to start clipping away at every part of your garden, refrain from pruning evergreens until late April as they still need their foliage in order to kick-start growth once the warmer weather arrives.

If you decide the lawn needs some attention, make sure you mow on a dry day. Set your mower blades high to avoid damaging the grass. In time, you will be able to lower the blades but for now, the health of your lawn is the most important factor.

The 14 tips to get your garden into shipshape

  1. Cut back the remains of last year’s perennials
  2. Deal with those weeds – they will also start growing as the days get milder so try to stay on top of them
  3. Plant summer-flowering seeds and bulbs
  4. Sew vegetable seeds – March/early April are the months for early potatoes, carrots, parsnips, broad beans, peas, lettuce, spinach and radish
  5. Harvest vegetables – your rhubarb, leeks and brussel sprouts will be ready to come out of the soil now
  6. Spring clean or make new beds and borders
  7. Protect spring shoots from pests such as slugs
  8. Keep vulnerable plants protected at night if the forecast is frost
  9. Ensure that any exposed plants are well supported in case of strong winds
  10. Remove any moss and weeds from paths, driveways, patios and terraces
  11. Start feeding the fish, remove any pond heaters and begin using the fountain again
  12. Clean and repair garden tools in readiness for use
  13. Check garden furniture for any rot
  14. Treat sheds, fences and trellis with wood preservative if the weather is warm enough
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