Gardening tips for April

Tips from Brighton gardener Helen:

Things are warming up finally so expect lawns and weeds to put on some sudden growth!

Garden maintenance:

  • It’s still the perfect time to complete lawn treatments such as application of weed and feed.
  • Regular lawn mowing is under way.
  • Perfect time for reseeding or turfing lawns.

    Bluebells and primula

  • Remember to water newly laid lawns and new plants as we’ve had quite a dry March.
  • Get on top of weeds before they get a chance to seed themselves.
  • Pruning of shrubs that are winter or spring flowering
  • It’s a good time to freshen up your garden with some new container grown plants or summer flowering bulbs.
  • Dig over and turn any compost heaps to encouarge good compost production. Remember to start a new heap!
  • Fertilize ornamental shrubs, roses and plants in containers.

Fruit and veg growing:

  • It’s time to start the tiring job of planting out your potatoes.
  • Sow lines of leeks.
  • Early sowings of lettuce, spinach and rocket leaves into warm, moist soil. Cover with polythene or glass cloches if frost is due.
  • Sow tomatoes and courgettes in the greenhouse or indoors on a sunny windowsill
  • Pot on, into larger pots, seedlings of chilli peppers that were sowed back in January.

Plants that stand out in the garden this month:

  • Tulips

    Clematis armandii

  • Bluebells
  • Ceanothus
  • Iris
  • Cherry
  • Pieris
  • Clematis armandii