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Easter Gardening Tips: Hello Sunshine!

By 3rd April 2017News
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Easter signals spring, the days are getting longer and brighter, and the garden is leaping back into vibrant life at last. How exciting. If you’re raring to go, here are a few essential tasks to kick start your garden this Easter.

Daffodils…

Your daffodils will have died back by now, after a wonderful early display. You can safely dead-head them at this stage to ensure a brilliant display next year. And your paths and patios might be looking rather slimy and green, in which case they’ll need cleaning.

Sweet Peas…

It’s hard to beat the sweet pea for sheer, delightful, delicate beauty, and now’s the time of year to plant them out for a stunning display later in the year. Make sure to create a sturdy framework, perhaps a trellis or bamboo cane wigwam, to support the fast-climbing stems and hold up all those fragrant, frothy flowers.

Stunning Summer Flowerbeds…

It’s also time to think about glorious summer beds, but it’s a little bit early to plant bedding specimens out yet. Satisfy your enthusiasm by buying small bedding plants, letting them sit quietly and grow for a while before planting them out. Small plants cost less, too. You can also invest in plenty of beautiful dry summer-flowering bulbs to place in pots for splashes of vivid colour. Calla lilies, eucomis, tree lilies and late-flowering dahlias are all particularly popular this year.

Plant Food…

Your plants have survived another winter. Reward them with a good feed of pelleted chicken manure, a great all-rounder. And this is the ideal time to get busy with the pruning, too. Prune your shrubs back using a sharp, clean pair of secateurs, getting rid of frost-damaged stems, weak growth and the annoying completely green shoots you sometimes get on variegated specimens.

Perennials…

Perennial weeds like bindweed start to raise their heads at this time of year, so now’s the time to fork them out, getting up as much of the root as possible. You could use weedkiller products but they’re not very ecologically friendly, and determined early removal does a good job to keep them at bay.

The Lawn…

Last but not least, how’s your lawn looking? April is the perfect month for re-seeding sad-looking bald patches, just in time for luscious colour and texture in summer. Now you can sit back, admire your efforts and know that your garden is ready for a long, hopefully nice and hot summer of alfresco pleasure. Happy gardening!

 

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