Grove Russell-Allen, head gardener at Littlecote House Hotel gets to the root of how to make your garden blossom this season.
Cutting the grass
The sun is out and that means one thing, the lawn is growing at the speed of light. If you’ve neglected your lawn over winter, it may now be long and thick, so it’s important to take the length down gradually rather than hacking all at once.
It is important however, not to cut the grass too short, as frosty Spring mornings can make the grass turn brown.
Start potting summer plants
Now is the perfect time to start sowing hardy plants such as Surfinia Petunias, Marigolds and to tender to bedding plants. A key tip from Grove is to keep vulnerable plants away from frost and slugs and to keep the plants in a greenhouse.
Water greenhouse plants
As April starts to warm up, remember to keep an eye on the temperature of the greenhouse to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Plants should be watered first thing in the morning – why is this? , but not over watered. If the leaves are wet when the sun comes up, or the leaves are starting to look scorched, move the pots to a less location with less sun.
The first week of May is a prime time to get hanging baskets out from the greenhouse and dress the garden.
Sow tomatoes, chillies and courgettes
In order to get your produce ready for June, now is the time to get your tomatoes, chillies and courgettes ready in pots. Make sure the Tomato pots are placed where they’ll receive plenty of sunlight.
Protect the turf
April is the month to start repairing any grass or turf that has been damaged during the winter. April showers will help the new grass to establish roots in time to avoid dying in the frost or warm summer sun. It would also be handy to keep a large sheet to put over the bedding plants, just in case the temperature drops and frost occurs.
For all you green fingered gardeners, we hope you’re enjoying National Gardening week!