Tasks for April
New shoots of Hostas, Delphiniums, Lupins and other vulnerable plants need protection from slugs and snails.
Deadhead spring bulbs so they do not waste energy setting seed. Do not cut the leaves off for at least six weeks after the last flowers as this feeds the bulbs for next year.
New lawns can be sown from seed or turf laid. Make sure you prepare the ground well before hand.
Split herbaceous perennials by dividing and replanting from the outside of the clump. Throw away the older woody inner parts.
Protect the blossoms and buds of early flowering fruit trees with fleece as they are especially vulnerable to frost.
Increase the watering of your houseplants and give a liquid feed once a month.