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April in the Garden: Cherry Blossom and Garden Care

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Introduction

As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to rise, April is the perfect time to get out in the garden and start preparing for the season ahead. From weeding to lawn care, there are plenty of tasks to keep you occupied this month. Remember, gardening is not all about work, take time to enjoy the spring flowers before they finish. In this blog, we will explore some essential tips for making the most of your garden in April, from planting new hardy perennials to feeding roses and tidying up hydrangeas.



Spring Blossom

One of the greatest spectacles of the gardening year is the brief flowering of blossom trees. In April, flowering cherries fill our streets, parks, and gardens with sumptuous colour. Take time to enjoy these fleeting moments of beauty before the petals dance away with the wind. With beautiful flowers, architectural form, and attractive autumnal colour, many ornamental flowering cherries make great trees for small gardens. I particularly like the flowering cherry, Prunus ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’. This small cherry has pendulous branches that arch away from the trunk, and its young leaves start off bronze before maturing to glossy green. Its large double flowers are deep pink and are up to 3.5cm wide.



Weeding and Pest Control


April is the month to tackle any weeds that have sprung up in your garden. Be sure to remove them by the roots to prevent them from regrowing. Mulching beds helps suppress weeds and retain moisture. Westland Composted Bark gives beds a decorative finish and is perfect for mulching.

Keep an eye out for slugs and snails, especially after rain showers, and take action to keep them from devouring your tender young plants.

https://www.capitalgardens.co.uk/blog/can-you-stop-slugs-and-snails/

April is also the time to start checking your fritillarias and lily plants for signs of red lily beetle infestation. Lily beetles are much easier to deal with if caught early.

https://www.capitalgardens.co.uk/blog/red-lily-beetle-a-garden-pest-to-watch-out-for/



Deadheading and Feeding

Now is the time to deadhead mophead hydrangeas to remove the old flower heads that have given some frost protection to the buds below. This is done by cutting back with bypass secateurs just above the first healthy buds. Darlac’s Compact Pruner, lightweight bypass secateurs, are great for delicate pruning jobs such as deadheading. Don’t be tempted to cut back hard now, or you will remove this summer’s flowers.

To learn about when to prune this and other types of hydrangea tap on the link:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/hydrangea/pruning-guide



Feed your roses now to give them the nutrients they need to produce abundant blooms. Don’t forget to feed trees and shrubs as well, to help them thrive. Now is the time to deadhead and feed daffodils as the flowers are finishing, but before the leaves start to yellow. This will help build up the bulbs for flowering next spring. A balanced fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 is ideal for all the plants mentioned above.



Lawn Care

For a green and healthy lawn, April is the time to aerate, overseed, and fertilise. Make sure to mow your grass regularly, but never remove more than one-third of the grass length at a time. Regular mowing will help to promote healthy root growth and strong green grass.



Flower and Vegetable Gardening

Plant hardy perennials in beds and borders for a masses of colour year after year. Plant up tubs and hanging baskets with summer bedding plants now if you have a conservatory or indoor windowsill where they can grow on until they can go outside after the threat of frost has passed.

Take advantage of the longer days to get your vegetable garden prepared for planting out later in the month. Start tomato seeds indoors in an unheated propagator on a sunny windowsill for an earlier crop. Our grafted vegetable plants have arrived, and they will revolutionize the way you grow summer vegetables. Studies have shown yield increases of up to 75% using grafted vegetables.



In Conclusion

April is a busy month in the garden, with plenty of tasks to keep you occupied. With a little planning and effort, you can create a beautiful garden that will bring you joy throughout the spring and summer months. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your gardening gloves, and get ready to enjoy working in your garden this month!



Something to do:



Visit Kew Gardens to celebrate the spring blossom.’ Sounds of Blossom’, a collaboration with students from the Royal College of Music will help you reconnect with nature and yourself. The event finishes on April14th – cherry blossom doesn’t hang around for long!

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/sounds-of-blossom

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