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Keeping on Top of your Garden in April

Keeping on Top of your Garden in April

Winter is always tough on your garden, but now that spring is here, it’s time to get back out in the garden and put your earlier plans into action. If you’re new to gardening or just looking for tips on improving your outdoor space, this article is for you!

April is the time for Planting vegetables.

Now that you’ve decided what you want to plant, it’s time to get your hands dirty. The best time to plant vegetables is in the spring, but if you’re willing to wait until August, certain vegetables can also be planted. It’s important not to start seeds too early—they’ll have trouble developing with temperatures too low—and it’s also important not to wait too long and risk having them rot before they grow roots. So now we’ll take a look at when each vegetable should be planted during April:

In April, you can sow seeds for broad beans, summer cabbage, Brussel sprouts, early peas, cauliflower, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beetroot, radish, spring onion, lettuce, rocket, turnip, spinach, parsnips, carrot and onions.

April is a great time to start your crop of Potatoes however, with the increased rainfall in April; you will need to be careful not to allow your soil to become saturated in water.

Growing potatoes is easiest in a grow bag.

You can also Sow hardy herbs like parsley, coriander, fennel, dill and marjoram.

Make sure to grab yourself a greenhouse so you can sow your summer flowers and keep them free from the frost of April.

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Lawn Care in April

In April, you should:

  • Mow the lawn regularly to keep it from getting too long and becoming tangled. You can do this up to 2 or 3 times a week, depending on how quickly your grass grows. If you have time, though, I recommend mowing at least once a week.
  • Feed your lawn if it’s looking weak or yellowed in any way. Ideally, you should be feeding your lawn before the winter months so that it has plenty of energy during those tough months when temperatures are low and the sunlight is minimal (which means there’s little opportunity for photosynthesis). But if you didn’t get around to doing this earlier in the season (or even if you did), now is a good time as any! Similarly, with watering—if your lawn gets dry due to lack of rain over winter (or just because we tend not to water much in dry areas), then now would be an excellent chance for some extra hydration too!

Other outdoor garden maintenance

In addition to the above, you should also:

  • Apply mulch around your plants to retain moisture and prevent weeds.
  • Water when necessary, but keep in mind that the soil needs time to dry out between waterings.
  • Keep an eye out for pests and deal with them quickly, so they don’t spread throughout your garden. This can be as simple as picking off individual pests or using organic pesticides from home garden stores or nurseries.
  • Plant bulbs if you want to enjoy spring flowers before summer arrives—or wait until autumn when you can plant trees and shrubs for next year’s landscape!

It’s time to start planning your garden.

Now that you’ve done the heavy lifting, it’s time to start planning your garden.

If you’ve been procrastinating about starting your garden, now is the time to get going. April is a great month for planting and caring for your outdoor plants.

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