In The Flower Garden This April

Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser, by lightly forking it into the soil surface. Roses, in particular, are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth.

Plant rhododendron bushes once the threat of frost has passes, and the ground is moist.

Tie in new honeysuckle and clematis stems. These plants will be putting on growth now, and you’ll need to train them along their supports.

Tie in climbing roses.

Lift and divide established border perennial plants now, like Hostas, to improve vigour and create new plants for your garden.

Pinch out the tips of fuchsia plants and sweet pea plant shoots, to encourage bushy growth this summer.

Deadhead daffodils and tulips as the flowers finish, but leave foliage intact, allowing it to die back naturally.

Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials and biennial plants, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives.

Top Tip:

Check you patio plants aren’t drying out. The warmer weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels – try mixing water storing granules with compost to improve water retention in containers.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Keep weeds under control.
  • Tie in climbing plants for extra support.
  • Plant out new strawberry beds.
  • Sow hardy annual seeds directly into the ground.
  • Start to mow the lawn more regularly.