April is Lawn & Garden Month so each week this month we'll be sharing our tips and suggested products to help you get the most out of your garden this April.
"April Showers bring May flowers!" - make the most out of the wet weather this April. Believe it or not a bit of rain this time of year is good thing - with lots of sunshine and showers you should now see your trees, shrubs and flowers springing to life!
Sort out your existing plants and flowers
Late April the soil is warming up so now is a great time to get outside and plant with confidence. Divide late-flowering perennials now, if you haven’t done it for a few years. They will enjoy a boost of growth from being lifted, split and replanted, and will have time to settle back in before they flower.
Give your garden a boost
If you haven't done so already this year it's not too late to add a much needed boost of nutrients to your existing soil - our Dandy's Multi Purpose Compost is perfect and available in small bags and bulk bags!
Start a Sunflower growing competition!
Now is the perfect time of year to get your sunflowers competition off to a great start. This is a great way to get the kids involved and introduced to gardening.
Lots of sun, not too much heat and a bit of rain means your sunflowers will soon sprout! Don't forget to get some canes or sticks to support your crop. Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun. They are remarkably tough and will grow in any kind of soil as long as it is not waterlogged. They do fine in soils that are slightly acidic to somewhat alkaline (pH 6.0 to 7.5) so our Dandy's Multi Purpose Topsoil is perfect.
Deadhead those flowers
Deadheading flowers and plants is an all year task but doing it at prime growing times such as April or May is a must - not only will it maintain the plant's appearance but also improve it's general performance... meaning a neat and tidy, healthy garden! Remove faded daffodil and tulip flowers, nipping off the heads and seed pod at the same time. Deadhead pansies, primulas and other spring bedding plants. Most annuals and perennials will continue to bloom throughout the growing season if they are regularly deadheaded.
Watch out for pests
Aphids can multiply rapidly during mild spells. Remove early infestations by hand to prevent the problem getting out of hand. Continue to protect lilies, delphiniums, hostas and other new shoots from slugs and snails.
DANDY TIP - pop crushed egg shells around the base of your plants and flowers to humanely deter snails and slugs!