Seasonal Tips for April

  • Control perennial weeds with Roundup or Neudorff glyphosate free weedkiller this month.
 
  • Mulch borders with 50mm (2 inches) of bark will suppress weeds.
 
  • Top dress shrubs with fish, blood and bone and roses with Vitax rose food.
 
  • Sow new lawns and repair bare patches.
 
  • Apply Evergreen Complete or Neudorff Organic Cleanlawn Natural Treatment to the lawn to fertilise and control moss and weeds. Alternatively, April is the best month to apply Weedol lawn weedkiller.
 
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs, shallots, onions, asparagus and garlic if not done already. Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half.
 
  • Put supports in place for perennials before they get too large.
 
  • Lightly cut back lavenders to prevent them getting too leggy and woody.
 
  • Ideal time to plant pot-grown fruit trees and bushes.
 
  • Sow Outdoors Sweet peas, beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, sweet peppers, tomatoes, marrow, cucumbers, courgettes, celery, squash, pumpkins, celeriac, peas, perpetual spinach and globe artichokes in well-prepared soil. Protect early outdoor sowings with fleece and polythene.
 
  • Sow Indoors Marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squash. Also sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes. Alternatively choose from a range of vegetable plants from our nursery for growing on.