Gardening calendar 3 week April 2022
Feed your bulbs to ensure great flowers next season – as your daffodils, tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs finish flowering feeding them will help with flowering for next spring More
Pruning winter and early spring flowering shrubs – as plants finish flowering, this is normally the best time to prune them giving them a full year to create the next batch of flowers.
Example of plants flowering on new stems or wood – the flowers are normally created on new growth created in the last year. So it’s a simple matter of pruning the stems or branches back after flowering.
Mahonia Winter Sun
Ribes ( flowering currant )
Examples of plants flowering on the Second year stems or wood – the flowers are normally created on second-year wood or growth so when pruning you need to prune only stems or branches that are 3 or more years old
General garden feeding – If you have not already done so feeding your garden plants and borders with a handful of Growmore fertilizer sprinkled over a square metre will ensure your plant’s health.
In addition, some plants need high potash feed such as liquid tomato feed to help with flowering and help the plants fend off fungal and bacterial diseases. Examples are
Photinia Red Robin
Lawn feed – Now is the best time to feed your lawn with a spring lawn feed. It’s best to test the soil pH in your lawn before feeding as often a soil pH that’s too high or too low will restrict the grass plants from accessing and plant feed you apply.
Flowering wisteria – as your wisteria starts to flower a high feeding of high potash plant food such as liquid tomato feed will help maintain the flowering period. It’s important not to overfeed your wisteria, this can result in a reduction in flowering and the wisteria produces too much foliage – Search our gardening database for more advice on wisteria
Sowing vegetable seeds – this spring season so far has been very cold. Sowing your outdoor vegetable seeds should take place in a couple of weeks once the risk of frost has passed.
Reversion on variegated shrubs and trees – As your trees and shrubs spring into growth it’s worth keeping an eye out for reversion on your variegated shrubs
Planning for pest control – read our latest article on slug and bug control in your garden More