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April/May Gardening Tips

Looking After Your Garden in  Late Spring

JOBS FOR APRIL 

• Dig in a good layer of compost (5cm or more) to prepare for the growing season.

• Pick off the last of your faded winter pansies to stop them setting seed which will encourage new flowers throughout spring.

• Be mindful that there are still late frosts so cover any vulnerable plants.

• Tie in any climbing and rambling roses to their supports.

• Get rid of any weeds now – doing this early in the season should stop these being a bigger problem later on.

• Start mowing your lawn now once a week with the blades at the highest setting and gradually lower them over the weeks.

JOBS FOR MAY

• Harden off your half-hardy plants by leaving them outside during the day and bring them back under cover at night for about a week before planting them out.

• Divide your Hostas as they come into growth.

• Take cuttings of tender perennials such Geraniums or Fuchsia.

• Let the foliage of spring-flowering bulbs die down naturally. Don’t be tempted to cut down or tie it up.

• Watch out for signs of blackspot on roses. Treat with a systemic fungicide as soon as you spot any.

Have A Go!

Plant out some delicious sweet peas. If you haven’t grown these from seed already then get a few plants from your local garden centre and tie them with string to canes to get them going.
Also, try growing some peppers and aubergines this month in a polytunnel or greenhouse!

TOP TIP!

Terracotta pots absorb water, so a plant in a terracotta pot will dry out a lot quicker than one in a ceramic or plastic container. To stop this happening, line the pot with some plastic or an empty compost bag with holes punched in the bottom before planting. Adding gravel and small rocks at the bottom will encourage drainage and keep the soil moist for longer.

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