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April Jobs

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Our full guide to all of the jobs to do in the garden in April

What to do in the garden in April

This exciting month is a mix of new growth and spring awakening, thanks to the showers in April and the ground warming, you will notice a lot of plants growing quite rapidly. Generally, there is a bit more sunshine this month but still the chance of wind and showers. 
If you grew a range of spring bulbs this year make sure to deadhead if they are starting to go over, cut the flowerhead off at the top of the stem to encourage new flower growth next year from within the bulb. Do not remove the foliage as the leaves are essential in the process of photosynthesis.

If the weather permits, start regularly mow lawns to keep on top of growth but make sure your mower blades are at the highest point. We know you will be excited to get out in the garden after winter and don't forget those tulip bulbs planted back in November should soon be making an appearance this month! 

Take a look at our top gardening jobs for April, below.

Ornamental Garden:

  • Remove faded flowers on spring bulbs but not the foliage until it has withered.
  • Keep borders weed-free.
  • Continue mulching beds and borders.
  • If the weather is mild, trim the weak or straggly growth of sage and rosemary.
  • Penstemons – cutback last year’s stems down to the new growth – if the weather is very cold delay until the end of the month.
  • Check evergreens for any frost damage – lightly prune if necessary.
  • Look out for early aphid attacks and treat if necessary. Pests will be active outdoors as the weather gets warmer.
  • Sweet peas can be direct sown now to produce plants that flower later than those sown under glass or overwintered plants.
  • Prune early flowering shrubs such as forsythia etc.
  • To ensure strong growth on roses apply a general fertiliser.
  • Plant evergreen trees and shrubs/move existing evergreens if necessary.
  • Trim back frost-damaged foliage.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers including dahlia, gladioli and canna.
  • Apply a combined lawn fertiliser to combat weeds and moss while giiving a boost of nutrients.
  • Pot up hydrangea cuttings.

Vegetable Garden:
  • Continue planting potatoes and finish planting onion sets by mid-April.
  • Direct sow vegetables such as beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radish, turnip, peas, spinach and parsnip.
  • Prune young stone fruit trees such as cherries and plums as leaf buds open.
  • Sow tomatoes in preparation for planting outside in the summer.

Top products for April Gardening 

Seed sowing compost

A quality seed compost will help your seeds and cuttings to become established. Use indoors or in the greenhouse to give your plants a good start. 


We stock a wide variety of flower, vegetable, kids, organic and herb seeds.


Pots and Planters 

We have a comprehensive range of pots. For seed sowing, pricking out and planting of specimen plants. We also stock decorative, biodegradable and giant pots.



Lock in essential moisture to help give your plants the best start this spring!
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