In The Fruit Garden This April

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

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 rain will also help reduce the risk of peach leaf curl.

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

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

Prune fig trees.

Start to feed citrus plants.

Top Tip:

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

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.