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Garden Guide for April

Autumn is well and truly here. The generally mild weather makes it a great time of the year for gardening. The days are shortening with increasing speed. The leaves of deciduous trees are starting to show signs of changing colour. Some of the spectacular ones to watch for are liquidambar, claret ash, maples and the ginkgo. Enjoy the glorious autumn colours as many deciduous trees prepare for winter dormancy.

General Tasks

Best time to plant a tree

Autumn is the best time of year to be making plantings of tree and shrubs so that they can establish good root systems before the dry of next summer. They often make far bigger, better and stronger plants, more quickly than those planted in the spring. Why not plant some fruit trees? Home grown fruit tastes better and is alot fresher.

April, March
Home made compost is easy with leaves

Collect up autumn leaves when they fall in the coming weeks as they make fantastic compost. Because sometime we need a little help with our compost, you could add ‘Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner’ to the compost heap. Not only will this product help neutralise the acidity created as the organic matter decomposes. This increases the speed of decomposition and promotes increased microbial activity and optimises the conditions for worms.

April, March
Lawn Maintenance

This is probably the best time of year to start making changes to the design and shape of the garden. It is the ideal time to sow a new lawn as the soil moisture generally increases at this time with increasing rainfall. Also soil temperatures start to decrease which then slows seed germination and will result in a patchy lawn. It is also a great time to renovate & fertilise existing lawns in need of a spruce up. Check out our 'How To Construct, Establish and Maintain Lawns' guide here.

April
Soil Maintenance

“The answer lies in the soil” is a well known phrase which is true to the success (or not) we have in the garden. With this in mind it is time to re-invigorate the soil in the vegetable garden. Summer vegetables can often pillage the soil of fertility and break down the structure. Therefore the addition of sheep pellets, compost & fertiliser is highly recommended and will help ensure continued good production from your plot.

April, March

Flower Garden

Chill your Tulips and Hyacinths

Tulip bulbs should be in store now. To get you bulbs off to a good start, chill your Tulips and hyacinths in the fridge for 4-6 weeks, before planting. This will ensure beautiful blooms. It is better to place the bulbs in a paper bag. A plastic bag may cause the bulbs to sweat and rot.

April, March
Fertilise Winter and Spring flowers

Time to fertilise winter and spring flowering and fruiting plants such as citrus, rhododendrons, camellias, daphne, azaleas and others to aid flower developments for spring. Come in store to find the right fertiliser you need.

April, August, March, September
Lifting Gladioli Corms

The best time to lift Gladioli is 6-8 weeks after they have finished flowering. Don't wait for the leaves to die back.

If your gladioli suffered from rust, then spray your plants with 'Grosafe Free Flow Copper' before you lift the corms. Leave the plants a few days before you lift the corms.

Trim the leaves off the top of the corm, and remove any soil from the roots. Place the corms and cormlets in a paper bag and store in a warm, airy place for 2 weeks. When thoroughly dried, remove the dried roots. Finally remove a layer or two of the corm, revealing heathly corm underneath. Store your corms in a cool, airy place until spring.

Gladioli are normally planted in the spring and flower from early January to mid-February.

April
Lifting Tuberous Begonias

When finished flowering, tuberous begonias can be stored away for next growing season. Click here for more information

April, March
Pansies are back!

Its pansy planting time! Pansies are the most popular winter flowering bedding plant. They are suitable for sun or shade, pots and gardens. They are a truly good looking, long flowering versatile plant – check out the wide selection available in stores now.

April, May
Spring Bulbs

Time to purchase spring bulbs. Check out the range in store now; daffodils, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, gladioli nanas, crocus, iris reticulata and more available be in quick for the best selection. Check out our planting guide here.

April, February, March
Time to sow Sweet Peas

Now is the time to sow sweet pea seeds for a fragrant and colourful, winter/ spring display. To help germination of the seed, soak the sweet pea seeds in water for several hours, before planting. This well soften the shell of the seed. Plant your seed in a sunny and well drained site

April, March, May
Winter flowers to choose

There is a huge range of flowering plants to choose from, for your winter garden. These include

  • poppies
  • sweet William
  • stocks
  • polyanthus
  • cineraria
  • calendula
  • antirrhinums
  • dianthus
  • lobelia (in frost sheltered spots)
  • kale
  • primulas

to name a few. Plant these flowers to give cheerful colour during the coming months. Come in and check out the range available in the garden centre now.

April, June, May

Edible Garden

Green Crops - Natural soil Maintenance

A green crop is the growing of a crop that will be dug back into the soil. It is a natural method of soil maintenance, when dug into the soil and it will  boost and replace lost nutrients. This will also encourage earthworms and other beneficial micro organisms to your garden. There are three main varieties of seed commonly used as green manure crops; blue lupins, barley and oats and mustard. This is a good use of an area of ground, not needed for winter vegetable growing, rather than allowing weeds to take over.

For more information about Green Crops click here.

April, March
Winter Vegetables

With a bit of forward planning you could have a nice crop of winter vegetables to harvest during the cold months. Planting these vegetables now will get the vegetables as close to maturity as possible before winter really sets in.

Plant out silverbeet, spinach, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, broccoflower, spring onions, brussel sprouts, beetroot, celery, lettuce & and pak-choi. At this stage of the year with the lead up to winter shortening, seedlings are best planting choice.

However sugar snap peas, carrots, swede, turnip, raddish and broad bean seeds are best sown as seeds. Plant these seeds directly in the garden.

April, March