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As light levels increase and the soil begins to warm up, so does the growth of all plants and weeds. Keeping weeds under control is of utmost importance, annual weeds can be hand picked or hoed on a dry day because left to go to seed they will multiply in their thousands. Perennial weeds can be treated with a propriety herbicide or dug out.
It is an ideal time to feed your plants in borders and pots this will give them a boost and supply essential nutrients for healthy growth, healthy plants are less likely to suffer from attacks from pests and diseases and perform well.
Beware of late frosts and keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if frost is forecast. Fleece is cheap and will generally be good enough, but you could use newspaper. If you have neither getting up early before the sun rises the frost can be washed from the plants by spraying with water. Don’t be tempted to buy or put out tender bedding until much later, in this area mid to late May is ideal, and even then be prepared to cover it if necessary.
Deadhead daffodils and narcissi; give them a liquid feed high in potash or a sprinkling of bonemeal and then let them die down naturally. Don’t cut off the leaves as they are necessary to replenish the bulb for next year. Keep deadheading spring bedding to keep it looking its best and to encourage new flowers. Continue with your spring cleaning.
Mulch plant that need moisture by using compost before the herbaceous growth really takes off. Carry on removing moss and weeds from paths, terraces and drives. Make new beds and borders planing your planting scheme carefully to get it right first time.
Make sure your tools are ready for action book the lawn mower in for a service and check garden furniture for any rot. When it is warm enough, treat sheds, fences and trellis with a good quality preservative.
Now is the time to wage war on slugs and snails. They enjoy delicacies such as the delicious young shoots of delphiniums and plants with fresh new growth. Use pet-friendly slug pellets which contain a repellent or drench the ground around host as with liquid slug killer to exterminate slugs below the surface. If you have Host as in pots , take them out drop a few pellets in the bottom and return the plant this will eliminate any over wintering slugs.
April essentially is a really busy month for sowing, growing, and mowing. ENJOY !
If you require any advice or quality plants visit us at Johns Plants Doncaster Road, Langold S81 9QL or give us a call on 07979 377570, always happy to help.