In The Fruit Garden In April

Top dress patio fruit trees with fresh compost and a slow-release fertiliser.

Spray the emerging leaves of peach and nectarine trees to prevent peach leaf curl. Sheltering your plants from the rain will also help reduce the risk of peach leaf curl occurring.

Feed raspberry canes, fruit bushes, and fruit trees to encourage good crops this coming season. Apply slow-release fertiliser around their base.

Try hand pollinating peaches and nectarines with a soft-bristled paint brush for better crops this year.

Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost, taking care not to mound mulch up around the trunk.

Top Tip:

Protect fruit blossom from late frosts by covering with fleece on cold nights.


This Month's Key Tips
  • Keep weeds under control. Run a hoe through beds and borders to remove weeds now.
  • Build raised beds so you don't need to bend when growing vegetables.
  • Sow new lawn seed now. Repair bare patches. Lay new turf this month.
  • Remove dirt from paths and paving before summer arrives.
  • Give your houseplants some TLC. The warmer weather and longer hours of light may mean they need more water.