Gardening Tips for April

The gardening season is well under way this month so here are a few tips to help you along in your garden during April

  1. Tidy up your faded spring blooms.  Dead head daffodils, tulips after they have flowered but leave the green leaves to die back naturally.  This will help bulbs recharge their energy for next year's flowers
  2. Your lawn will have begun to spring into life this month and the regular mowing routine will have started again.  Get your lawn in shape for the summer by applying a good quality fertiliser. We stock a range of Evergreen Complete 4 in 1 - Lawn Feed, Weed and Mosskiller  depending on the size of lawn you have to treat then rake out any dead moss and remove any stubborn weeds carefully with a trowel.  Repair any bare patches with a lawn repair pack we stock Miracle Gro Patch Magic - Grass Seed, Feed & Coir which includes 30% Extra Free patch coverage. Keep well watered during any dry spells.
  3. Get your pond ready for the spring and summer.  Check and clean your pond pump and filter so everything is working well and carefully remove any Blanket Weed before it starts to take hold and cause problems later. If you are planning to introduce new fish to your pond at Whiteleys  we have a selection of Cold Water Fish including Goldfish, Shubunkins and Koi.
  4. Protect new growth from slugs and snails.  Our Garden Shop has a range of chemical based products including Doff Slug Killer Pellets - 800g £2.99 and more pet and animal friendly alternatives to help deal with the munching pests.
  5. Plant some summer flowering bulbs in pots, these are ideal for instant colour to fill gaps in borders later in the Summer.  We have a wide selection to choose from at Whiteleys
  6. You can start to sow vegetable seeds directly into the ground now.  Carrots, Peas, Beetroot, Winter Cabbage and Broccoli can all be sown directly into your veg plot. We also have a wide range of pre-grown vegetable plant packs now in stock from £2.49.
  7. Tomato plants are now available to buy.  We have a wide range of varieties at Whiteleys, or you can grow your own from seed in the greenhouse or propagator. Use a tomato feed such as Tomorite - 1.3 Litre Only £3.00, available from our Garden Shop  You can also sow Courgettes, Pumpkins, Squashes and Marrows in the greenhouse.
  8. Look after the birds.  It's their busiest time of the year, nest building and feeding young.  Provide fresh clean water and maintain feeding.  Check your bushes and shrubs for nests before doing any pruning. We stock a wide range of birdcare products including bird tables, feeders plus a broad selection of bird seeds, suet feeds & fat balls all with super low prices.  12.55kg All Year Round Seed Mix £8.99
  9. This is an ideal time to split herbaceous perennials.  By lifting and dividing you encourage more vigorous growth and also create free, extra plants at the same time!
  10. Give your beds and borders an extra boost now the growing season is well under way by digging in a layer of manure or well rotted compost or alternatively fork in some pelleted poultry manure or fish, blood and bone.