With visitors now allowed in our gardens again, we need to get busy to get them looking good both for now and for the summer ahead.
Spring bulbs are filling our borders and pots with colour, and the lawn is starting to grow strongly again and will be needing a trim. There's lots to do in April and hopefully some warm, sunny days to enjoy being outdoors.
The grass is growing again so it'll need a weekly trim to keep it looking good.
Some veg, such as , and , are sensitive to frost and so should be sown indoors in April and then planted outdoors in mid- to late May. Use a and either keep them on a sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse.
Summer flowers, such as pelargoniums, fuchsias and petunias, can all be bought as plug plants, either from the garden centre or online. When they arrive, take them out of their packaging straight away, even if you can't pot them up, as they need plenty of light. Pot them up into a and keep them in a sunny windowsill or greenhouse until the danger of frost has passed in mid- to late May when they can go outdoors.
Get rid of winter grime with a stiff brush or a pressure washer. You'll be amazed by how much brighter the colour looks afterwards. While you're at it, wipe down your furniture to remove any algae. Be careful not to blast things with a pressure washer as when it's at too high a pressure it can cause damage, especially to delicate surfaces such as wood.
April is all about spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, but it's also the month to plant summer ones, such as gladioli, eucomis and galtonia. Plant them at the depth recommended on the packaging and mark where you've put them so you don't disturb them by accident.