In The Flower Garden This April

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

Divide primroses once they have finished flowering.

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

Deadhead daffodils and tulips as flowers finish, but leave foliage in tact, allowing to die back naturally.

Tie in climbing and rambling roses.

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

Continue to remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed, this will encourage flushes of new flowers throughout the spring.

Top Tip:

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.

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