February and March were mainly spent sprucing up the garden after the winter season – spring cleaning in the garden, so to speak. Now it’s finally warm enough for many plants to come outdoors, and there are plenty of other things to do now, too. Tasks are multiplying, so roll up your sleeves and get started so you can make the most of the garden and enjoy it to the fullest during the warm season. What is there to do in the garden in April? We’ve summarized what gardening tasks are due in April – so you’re sure to leave nothing important undone!
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What gardening in April?
You probably prepared the beds in the fall, or at the latest in February or March. However, if you missed this period or if you would like to add another one now, you can use this month for it – no matter if for a classic flat bed or a raised bed. The raised bed is particularly advantageous here, as it produces heat through the rotting processes, which of course also keeps the plants warm. Not to mention the many nutrients. But what could you already plant outside this month?
What flowers to plant in April?
As you probably know, most flowers and vegetable plants come into the open ground only after the Ice Saints. But exceptions prove the rule, as we all know, and so even now you have a certain selection of specimens to start with. But what can you plant in April? Annual flowers that bloom in the summer and fall , you can sow now, while the others will wait until after the ice saints. The following are suitable for early sowing this month:
What to plant in April:
- Burning love
- Fragrant ibex
- Garden freesias
- Common flax
- Sky anemone
- Cape cress
- Summer asters
- Sunflower (end of April)
- Fried egg flower
- Student flowers
- Sprawling flower
Vegetables sown early in spring can be harvested by now at the latest. These include, for example, radishes, chard, lettuce and asparagus. In their place, you can then use other vegetables. But what vegetables can be planted in April? At will, the following vegetables are suitable for the beds. They can be sown directly into the bed or, if you have already grown them, planted without having to worry about possible sudden frost.
- Leaf lettuce
- Swiss chard
Just because you’re busy gardening in April doesn’t mean you should neglect those vegetables you’ve been growing indoors or in the greenhouse since March. Tomatoes, for example, are pricked out now at the latest, or as soon as they have developed their first pair of leaves – in other words, a gardening task that could be due early this month. Pricking out means carefully lifting the plants out of the soil of the planting tray and transplanting them individually into small pots.
Prune ornamental shrubs and half-shrubs.
In March you were still pruning the hardwoods, now it’s the turn of the softwoods. The purpose of this is to stimulate growth. As a result, they grow more densely, and of course, this has an effect on the magnificent display of flowers. It is important not to cut your shrubs too radically. After all, the breeding season has already begun and this could disturb the birds. For this reason, it is also forbidden by law to cut hedge plants and trees from March . The following ornamental shrubs and semi-shrubs get a beautifying cut this month:
The garden in April – This is what is cut:
- Summer lilac
Make diagonal cuts to the branches of ornamental shrubs, otherwise water will collect at the ends and this can lead to rot.
Forsythia is pruned after it has bloomed and is more of a late April gardening item. So if your shrub fades by then, add it to your list.
The lawn as part of gardening in April
It’s probably too early to mow for the first time, and it will take at least until the end of the month for the lawn to grow tall enough. However, another problem may have spread during the winter season: the higher humidity may have caused moss to form here and there. If this is the case, you can combat it during your April gardening by dethatching the lawn .
This involves piercing the upper layer of the lawn with a special device, which promotes aeration and prevents too much moisture. And as you know, moss loves exactly that. But also in general, scarifying is very good for the lawn, but this does not mean that you should overdo it, because that would only be unnecessary stress for your ornamental lawn. By the way, the useful coffee grounds and certain fertilizers are also helpful in the fight against the unwanted moss.