Guide written by:
John, Passionate gardener, Cambridge
It's already too late to plant barefoot trees or shrubs in the ground, but you can still start some in pots! On the other hand, April is the best month to plant deciduous shrubs, climbing plants, roses and flowering shrubs like azaleas and rhododendron.
April is generally the best month to sow a lawn from seed. Prepare the soil carefully before adding any seed; don't be tempted to do this too soon. Instead, you should wait for the first weeds to grow before tackling them with a hoe. At this point, you are ready to sprinkle your seed before tamping down the soil and watering on a sprinkler setting.For existing lawns, April is also the perfect time to dust off the lawnmower and get the first cut out of the way. You can also use a scarifier to freshen up the ground, especially after a very cold spell or if you have a lot of moss growth. Finish by top-dressing your lawn with a thin layer of mature compost.
If you are looking to weed a pathway or patio, you can, of course, turn to a professional weed killer. That said, some boiling hot water in a watering can may also do the trick and will have less of an environmental impact. Pure vinegar is only a good option for younger weeds. Remove any moss that may have emerged over the winter between slabs using a trowel.It's hard to resist the temptation to fill your garden with new plants as soon as the days start to brighten up! However, ice, snow and heavy winds are sure to have done some damage along the way so be sure to clear up and inspect your garden before the season really gets underway. Remember: the very best time to get your garden ready for the spring is when winter starts to draw to a close.
Guide written by:
John, Passionate gardener, Cambridge, 83 guides
When I was young, I was already working in the family garden. Perhaps that is where my interest in plants and gardening came from. So, it was logical for me to study both plant biology and agronomy. At the request of various publishers I have, over twenty-five years, written many books on the subject of plants and mushrooms (a subject that is close to my heart).They were mostly identification guides at first, but shortly after they were about gardening, thus renewing the first passion of my childhood. I have also regularly collaborated with several magazines specializing in the field of gardening or more generally in nature. There is no gardener without a garden, I have cultivated mine in a small corner of Cambridge for the last thirty years and this is where I put into practice the methods of cultivation that will I advise you in as well.