In The Fruit Garden This April
Protect fruit blossom from late frosts by covering them with fleece on cold nights.
Top-dress patio fruit trees with compost and a slow-release fertiliser.
Feed raspberry canes, fruit bushes and fruit trees to encourage good crops this season. Apply a slow-release fertiliser around their base.
Prune fig trees.
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.
Mulch fruit trees with well rotted manure or garden compost, taking care not to mound mulch up around the trunk.
Start to feed citrus plants.
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.
- Start to mow the lawn more regularly.
- Tie in climbing plants for extra support.
- Sow hardy annual seeds directly into the ground.
- Plant our strawberry beds.
- Now's the time to grow your own vegetables.