In The Fruit Garden This April

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

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

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

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

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

Now is the ideal time to plant pot-grown fruit trees and bushes.

Damp down or mist citrus plants regularly when flowering begins. Maintain a min temperature of 14°C (57°F).

Top Tip:

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


This Month's Key Tips
  • Keep weeds at bay with a weedkiller.
  • 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.