April again, time to make the most of the longer days and get out into the garden. Work done during fine spells now pays off in spades later in the year.briary garden services tips

Weeds that are dug out now are gone forever.  They won’t spread and won’t seed. Timely pruning of shrubs can produce a better shape with larger flowers in the months ahead.

Hardy perennials (mostly plants that die back to ground level over the winter) can be lifted and divided while it’s also time to plant your summer flowering bulbs.

Deadhead daffodil flowers as they fade but leave the foliage for a few weeks so that the bulbs get more goodness for next year.

Shrubs should have damaged shoots removed and be pruned as flowers fade.

It’s your last chance to plant bare-rooted shrubs before sap starts rising and it’s also a good time to treat lawns with weed & feed to help them recover from the difficult winter.

Gardens can be smartened up by painting fences and sheds when they’re dry. Power-washing algae off paths, patios, drive and decking is also a great idea.

There’s a fair bit to do this month but it is worth the effort so you can enjoy your garden over the Summer. Let’s hope we get a good one this year!

For more information please check out our Monthly Garden Planner at www.briary.co.uk

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Chris Brown
Christopher Brown is Consett Magazine's lead journalist. Chris enjoys meeting with a whole host of different people to report on what's happening in Consett, Co.Durham.



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