Garden Jobs for April – Spring is in the air
April is a good time to start planning for a garden tidy up. Don’t forget, if you are looking for a freshen up and a general garden makeover, please get in touch with Louise now as she’s often heavily booked in advance.
After a very odd winter, spring has finally arrived, so lets get Norfolk gardening!
Flowers – time to fill the gaps
Fill gaps in flower beds with early bedding plants or sow annuals such as field poppies, california poppies, sunflowers and cosmos. If sown in succession, you’ll have a great display until the first frosts.
Prune and shape Forsythia as soon as it has finished flowering
Deadhead daffs. but leave foliage for another six weeks or so
Pop a mulch around your border plants and top up compost in pots
Protect young shoots from slugs, use copper strips, crushed shells or similar
Provide support and tie in new shoots for climbers and tall perennials
Bugs are coming !
Spray roses regularly to prevent greenfly from taking hold. If you prefer organic treatments, try a spray with warm soapy water. You could also try planting marigolds, they attract greenfly so much, they may leave your vegetables and perennials to thrive!.
Herbs – something for the kitchen
It’s time to sow herbs to use all summer long for those barbeques and outside dining that we all look forward to!.
Lawn – OK to feed now
Now is the time to sow new lawns from seed, patch bare ones or lay turf, you can use fertiliser too.
Vegetables and fruit
Sow veg. and salad crops such as spinach, rocket and watercress. These are so easy to grow and if sowed in succession, will provide you with a good crop until October.
Have a Go, and Sow some Seeds
Finally, if you’ve never grown anything from seed before, April is the time to have a go. Buy a packet of seeds and pop in the ground or in a pot and see what happens. It’s so easy and the April showers will mean you don’t even have to be that attentive, nature will do a lot of the work for you. I’d love to see some results in a couple of months time. If you email me a picture of your fabulous results, I promise to post the best on my Balanis Facebook page for all to see!.
Correspond with Balanis Gardening Services
Louise would love to hear from you with any local regular gardening tasks
Correspondence only please (no visitors)
7 Lincoln Square