Top Gardening Jobs For April - Prep Your Garden For Summer
The spring sunshine is finally here, the weather is getting warmer, the days are drawing out and plants are beginning to grow and bloom. Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, there are plenty of gardening jobs to keep you busy throughout April and in to early May.
We’ve put together our top tips, outlining the main gardening tasks you should tackle during April.
- Prune spring-flowering shrubs in April
Spring flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, ribes and chaenomeles, should be pruned after they have finished flowering in spring. This will encourage new growth and more flowers next year. Cut back any dead, damaged or diseased branches to a healthy bud or branch. You can also shape the shrubs to suit your garden design. Get all your garden tools and essentials.
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs in April
Summer flowering bulbs - such as gladioli, lilies, dahlias and cannas - should be planted in April, either in pots or in well-drained soil. They will provide a stunning display of blooms from June onwards. You can also transfer any spring-flowering bulbs that you have grown indoors, such as hyacinths, daffodils and tulips to the garden.
- Weed your beds and borders in April
If you’re fed up with constantly weeding, remove the weeds from your flower beds and borders using a hoe or fork and then lay weed control fabric. Weed control fabric can help suppress weed growth, retain soil moisture, and prevent soil erosion. Suregreen’s permeable fabrics offer excellent drainage and filtration capabilities, meaning nutrients, air and water can still pass through to the soil. As an alternative, you can apply a layer of mulch, bark chips, compost or gravel around your plants to suppress weeds and retain moisture.
- Create extra parking using ground reinforcement mesh in the spring - no need for concrete
Spring is the ideal time to lay ground reinforcement in your garden, as the soil is still moist but not too saturated. This will provide optimum stability and drainage for the area. Grass Reinforcement Mesh is perfect to create extra parking at home, whilst keeping the aesthetic appeal of a grass lawn.
If you’re in need of more garden storage and considering erecting a shed in your garden, check out our handy shed-base kits. They are SuDS-compliant (sustainable urban drainage systems) and provide free-draining and robust flooring for your shed, with the added benefit of being easy to install. Our shed-base kits contain everything you need to create a low-cost yet stable shed base and they are a great alternative to concrete.
- Support your delicate plants and vegetables using Bamboo Canes
Bamboo canes are versatile and very useful for your garden in spring. You can use them to support your plants and flowers as they grow, especially those that need extra stability such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflowers and beans. You can also use them to reinforce anti-bird netting to assist with protecting your plants from pests. Bamboo canes are made from strong, durable and flexible bamboo that can withstand harsh weather conditions. They come in different lengths and thicknesses to suit your needs.