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Create the Perfect Spring Garden with Our April Garden Jobs

Spring is here and we are already being able to spend time in our gardens, to enjoy glimpses of warm weather and sunshine. It is finally the time to start putting your spring garden plans into action now that life and colour are popping up all over our gardens!

1. Plant hardy annuals 

Spring is the time to plant your new hardy annuals such as Pansies, Violas, Calendulas, and Antirrhinums. Pansies and Violas planted last autumn should be looking great in your garden now. Remove any seed pods from old flowers and give them a good feed especially if they’re in tubs and pots, as after our very wet winter, most of the fertiliser will have now been washed out. They can also be a good hiding place for aphids so check them carefully. They should see you through the second half of May when you can plant tender annuals without fear of frost hitting them. Spring planted Pansies and Violas will last a bit longer and certainly until it gets very hot.

2. Add some instant colour to your spring garden

If you are looking for ways to add instant colour to your garden, perhaps to brighten up your space for guests, the following plants flower in spring so are a perfect quick fix. Perrywinkles are evergreen and flower from now until September, plus they’re perfect for suppressing weeds! Geums are a great easy-to-grow choice that are available in a variety of colours. Magnolia flower throughout April and May and provide beautiful colour and fragrance to your garden.

3. Protect any new plant shoots from slugs and snails

New plant shoots are the most vulnerable so you need to sure you look out for them and protect them from damage that could be caused by slugs, snails or aphids. If you notice an aphid infestation has begun on one of your plants, simply get a warm bucket of soapy water and remove them from your plant. The sooner you notice and do this the better chance the plant has, and hopefully, the aphids will not spread onto your other plants. For slugs don’t use the old chemical type slug pellets that contain methiocarb or metaldehyde, but the much more environment friendly Ferrous Phosphate instead. This is just as effective as the old chemicals, it breaks down to be a useful fertiliser, and won’t kill small animals and birds.

4. Plant plug plants safely in your greenhouse ready for your summer hanging baskets, containers, and bedding

Although spring is here, it doesn’t mean we are frost free, and with vulnerable plants like plug plants you need to make sure they are in a more controlled environment such as a greenhouse, or sunny windowsill. By planting your plugs now you will have strong plants ready to bloom when you want them over the next few months. Find more on how to care for them here.

5. Tie in climbing roses

This is the best time to tie in your climbing roses, before they really start to grown, to maximise their flowering potential. Use a supporting structure and strong gardening twine to secure the rose stems, allowing it to climb and grow without breaking. When you tie the stems to your chosen structure, this could be an arch or fence, make sure you don’t tie your twine too tightly and leave space for the stems to grow.

6. Increase the water you give to indoor and houseplants

The warmer weather and longer daylight hours means your indoor and houseplants will begin to require more water than they did over the winter as they begin to grow more.

7. Remove the dead heads from daffodils and tulips as the flowers finish

By removing the dead flower heads from your daffodils and tulips, just as the flowers finish, you are leaving the foliage intact and allowing the plant to die back naturally. This prevents seed pods from developing, which can weaken the bulb.

8. Begin feeding your citrus plants

Citrus plants are a great addition to your garden, although they need a bit more care and attention to produce fruit. From now through to late October, switch your balanced winter feed to a summer feed that is high in nitrogen. Remember: Citrus plants like cool, but not cold conditions. Keep them in your greenhouse or conservatory until Mid-June, when it is warm enough to move them outside.