April. It's an exciting month as spring is finally in evidence and daffodils, some tulips as well as flowering trees start to bloom. With sunny days this month there's plenty to be done in the garden, so we've put together our top gardening tasks for April.

Borders and Plants:

Keep on top of weeding now the weather is warming up. Run a hoe through beds and borders. Apply weed killer to perennial weeds in paving and patios. Apply slug pellets every 2weeks.
Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well rotted manure into your beds to prepare for the growing season. You can also work in a general purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood and bone.
Improve the drainage of heavy soils by incorporating plenty of organic matter.
Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the soil surface. Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth.
Lift and divide perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden. Divide Hostas before they come into leaf.
Divide Primroses after they have finished flowering.
You can start to move evergreen shrubs and trees now provided the soil isn't frozen or waterlogged. Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Gladiolus and Ranunculus into beds, borders and containers.
Continue to plant herbaceous perennials.
Deadhead daffodils as the flowers fade and let the leaves die back naturally before clearing them away about six weeks later but bulbs such as hyacinths bulbs which have now finished flowering, can be planted outdoors in garden borders..

Pruning and training:

While Frosts can still be a hazard, so keep vulnerable plants protected at night if frost is forecast.
Tie in climbing and rambling roses
Prune fig trees
Divide bamboos and waterlilies
If any of your garden plants will need supporting this year, put the supports in now so the plants
grow up through them. Adding supports afterwards is difficult and and may damage the plant.
ferocity so check exposed plants are well supported.
Finish cutting back hedges before birds start to nest.
Prune large-flowered clematis.
Finish all unpruned roses, removing dead, damaged or diseased stems.

Lawns:

Sow lawn seed now on well prepared soil and keep the soil moist whilst the seed is germinating. For an instant lawn, lay new turf now and ensure it is kept moist until established. Repair any bare patches in your lawn.
Apply a high nitrogen fertiliser to your lawn now for a boost to the start of the season.
Now is a good time to apply specialist lawn weed killers to your lawn where moss and weeds are a problem.
On dry days, brush away any worm casts on the lawn.
Mow your lawn more regularly as required, mower blades can be lowered towards the end of the month.
Recut lawn edges to straighten them up. Try installing lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.
Aerate compacted areas of lawn by spiking it with a garden fork.

General:

Check plant supports and do any repairs before plants start growing.
When the weather allows, carry on clearing paths of moss and leaves especially keeping it off lawns and out of ponds. Take care not to let leaves accumulate around.
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Check your compost bins to see if there is any compost ready to use.
Top up raised beds with compost and good quality topsoil.
Top-dress containers with fresh compost. If containers are full, remove the top 5cm of old compost and replace with new.
Buy fresh potting compost from your local garden centre and store it in a cool dry place in preparation for the season ahead.
Water butts are a worthwhile investment for the season ahead. Position them under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall.
Make sure bird baths and bird feeders are kept topped up to encourage birds to your garden.

Enjoy your garden and don’t forget to take time and stop and stare at the wonder of nature. Happy gardening!