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April: your home and garden checklist

April: your home and garden checklist

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Let's be honest, we all feel a bit relieved when spring kicks off. The trees are in bloom, the days are a little sunnier and gardeners across the country are getting back to work. In the house, there's plenty of work to be done from spring cleaning to deworming the dog! Read on for our top ways to stay busy this month.
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The first week of April is usually all about preparing your soil, weeding and providing compost, manure or fertiliser. If you sowed seeds last month, you should be seeing some results now with things like chard, radishes, spinach and peas making headway. If this is the first year you've set about tackling a garden, you might even want to think about setting up a shed for your tools or installing a rainwater harvesting system to water your plants. Happy gardening!

With the arrival of spring comes the return of weed season so roll up your sleeves and get to work! Remember: pulling weeds out by hand is the most eco-friendly solution so get them while they're young. April is also a great month for planting shrubs, climbing plants, roses or rhododendrons in pots or planters. Annual flower seeds can be sown and lilies can be planted directly in the ground. If your lawn has been taken over by moss over the winter, now is the time to scarify it – your lawn is sure to thank you for it! If things are looking a bit sparse, don't hesitate to add a bit of grass seed here and there. Hoping to sow a brand new lawn? Prepare your soil thoroughly and get sowing. As a reminder, the time to prune your hedges is over as nesting season is well under way, but there is still time to clear scrub, undergrowth or thick grass.

While summer is still a little way off things should be starting to feel a little less chilly. So don't get caught out when the sun does make its comeback and get your outdoor space ready now! Looking to install a flat surface for your garden lounge set? No problem, we've got you covered. 

After a few long months indoors, it's safe to say that your kids have probably gained some serious PS4 skills. But with the weather slowly improving, it's time to get back to some real-life play. If you're lucky enough to have a garden, now is the perfect time to set up some outdoor games to keep your kids amused and give you some peace and quiet indoors! 

Okay, so it may not exactly be swimming season yet. But by the time April comes around, anyone with a pool is already desperate to take a dip. Make the most of your time now to get your pool in perfect shape for when the good weather hits. Just can't wait to dive in? Invest in a pool heater and you'll be the envy of all your neighbours when you start the season early!  

Spring is one of the best times of year to tackle a painting and decorating project. The weather isn't so cold that the paint will take days to dry and it's not so hot that the paint will dry too quickly and end up cracking. Fancy a more luxe finish with a sumptuous wallpaper? Just pick up your tools and get papering! 

The air in our homes is not always as healthy as we might like to believe. Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs) are released by everything from textiles to candles. Similarly, the humidity in our homes has a knock-on effect on our health so it's worth checking that it is at the correct level. But don't worry: there are plenty of ways to deal with both issues from simply airing out your home regularly to setting up a humidifier.

Dogs are exposed to many parasites that can lead to a wide range of symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and weakness. Some parasites, such as lungworm, can even be deadly. The solution: worming treatments. It's important to keep on top of de-fleaing and worming your dog. Most vets will recommend treating your dog every month to protect them from parasites like fleas, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and ticks. It's important to check which parasites each treatment covers to give your dog comprehensive protection. For example, not all treatments will deter ticks. The same advice applies to cats, especially those that venture outdoors. It's always better to be safe than sorry! 

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 248 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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