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More Jobs for the April Garden


If your flower borders have ‘bare patches’, now is a good time to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Examples are love-in-a-mist, calendula, poppy, larkspur, poached egg flowers, lavatera, alyssum, cornflower, night scented stock, and climbers like nasturtium and scented sweet pea. There are lots to choose from and it’s a simple job of sowing them straight into the ground. Make sure the soil is well prepared and weed-free, and sprinkle them where you wish. The only thing you need to do is make sure they are well-watered and kept free of weeds. If you’re not sure which are weeds, a good rule of thumb is the weeds are usually the seedlings that are growing quickest!

jetwashing the patio

Getting the garden ready for summer should include giving attention to the patio. Regular sweeping is key to keeping the patio looking tidy. Dirt and slime can build up on a patio over time. Weeds growing between the stones can be removed with a knife, or use a specialist weed-killing product to stop them coming back. Using a high-pressure washer is the easiest way of spring-cleaning the patio. If you don’t want to invest in a pressure washer, try a proprietary stone-cleaning product. Alternatively, the most economical, and environmentally friendly, method of cleaning slabs is to use a solution of detergent, warm water and some thorough scrubbing.

lawnmower

The sound of a whirring lawnmower once signified the start of spring but because of the mild weather we’ve experienced this winter, you may well have started cutting your grass already. For now, while the grass is young, keep the blades raised quite high. Lower the blades later on this month as the growth quickens. Always try to cut when the grass is reasonably dry.

raking up leaves

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