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Gardening Jobs For April
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Now that April is upon you and spring is legitimately in the air, it’s time to focus on weed control, starting on your lawn and sowing seeds indoors.
Jobs to do in April
- Scarify and aerate your lawn to remove moss, thatches and weeds.
- Start cutting the lawn again, start high and reduce gradually.
- Start weeding beds, borders as well as driveways and paths to control weeds early. Do this manually or with weedkillers.
- Sow tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables indoors.
- Sow sweet peas indoors.
- Sow salads, beetroot and annual herbs if the ground is above 6C.
- Start sowing half-hardy annuals and summer bedding indoors.
- Plant seed potatoes, shallots and onions.
- Feed roses as they burst into growth to give them the best start and help fight out diseases.
- If you forced some Rhubarb as we recommend by covering with buckets, pick what you need and remove buckets to allow the Rhubarb to grow naturally with light again.
- Continue watching out for lily beetles and remove them.
- Protect fruit blooms from frost damage with fleece.
- Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
- Now the right time to start feeding citrus plants.
- Sow new lawns or repair dead lawn patched.
- Prune fig trees.
- Divide bamboo plants – learn how to in this guide.
First of all, lawn care is imperative during the month of April. As the weather stays warmer it’s time to repair the damage brought about by a winter of neglect. At this point, you should begin mowing your lawn at least once a week. Make sure to place your blades at the highest setting and then slowly lower over subsequent weeks rather than starting with the lowest setting. This will help prevent shock for the grass and given an opportunity to come to terms with regular maintenance once again.
Use a strimmer to produce that manicured finish on the lawn as well. If you notice any weeds or moss it’s time to treat your lawn. This is something you can do with a process called scarifying and aerating, something which naturally removes the clumps of moss, dead grass, thatch and other debris that may have accumulated over the winter. You can use a moss killer or weed killer treatment afterwards.
On that note, it’s time to get rid of weeds sooner rather than later. You don’t want the weeds to mature, seed, and becomes severely problematic if you can avoid it. So, start tackling your weeds by hoeing your garden at least once a week. If you have a problem with perennial weeds like dandelions, you should apply a weed killer that includes glyphosate to remove them permanently if you treating paths and drives. Use a specialist lawn weed killer for lawns to avoid killing your lawn or use a weed puller to remove weeds from lawns.
You and your sweet pea should head out into the garden and start planting your sweet peas with some form of climbing support around which their tendrils can rap. You might need string or other gardening hooks to secure your sweet peas to the posts, stakes, or trellises you install.
If you planted any type of salad earlier in the season it might be time to pick them now. It’s better to cut off leaves as you eat them rather than pulling out the entire head of lettuce if you can avoid it. The reason for this is that leaving the head in the ground and only picking off what you need will force the plan to continue re-sprouting new leaves to replace the ones you have consumed. This will extend the lifespan of the lettuce and your enjoyment of fresh salads.
Mustard lettuce, loose-leaf lettuce, and Rocket lettuce are some of the easiest to cultivate.
Sow more vegetables
But that’s not all you should cultivate. In the middle of April, it’s time to start sowing most of your vegetables. You can plant onions directly in the ground as well as potatoes which include earlies, second earlies and maincrop. If you haven’t already you can start tomatoes indoors and move them outdoors a little bit later in the year when the risk of frost has passed which is usually around May. You can also start your cucumbers inside. Outside, of course, you can plant celery, basil, leaf beet, sweet corn, and squash.