April Gardening Check List
As the cooler months settle in, now is your last chance to get your winter vege garden underway, plant your bulbs for spring flowering and establish or repair your lawn.
Sheep Pellets are New Zealand's best selling all-purpose fertiliser to improve plant and soil condition. Dig in now to both your vege and flower gardens.
Now is the perfect time to remove spent summer flowering annuals and plant your favorite winter flowers. For best results prepare the soil by digging in Garden X Compost, Palmers General Garden Fertiliser or Palmers Sheep Pellets.
Plant Primulas, Cinerarias, Mini Cyclamen, Nemesias, Iceland Poppies, Calendula, Pansies, Violas, Polyanthus, Snapdragon and Hollyhock.
Sow seeds of Aquilegia, Alyssum, Calendula, Cineraria, Cornflower, Dianthus, English daisy, Godetia, Linaria, Livingstone daisy, Lovelia, Lupin, Nemesia, Snapdragon, Statice and Voila.
Plant Sweetpeas now in a sunny spot for spring and summer flowering.
It's your last chance to get spring bulbs planted. Plamers has a great range in store of all your favourites along with specialist bulb food and mix.
Autumn is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs so they can get established over the cooler, wetter months. Add some Osmocote or Magamp long term fertiliser at planning time.
Prune back flowing shrubs i.e Hydrangea and Hebe, that have finished flowering.
Brighten up your garden or patio by planting pots and hanging baskets with winter flowering annuals.
Trim back all summer perennials when flowering has finished. These can be dug up, divided and replanted, or just wait for them to re-sprout back in spring.
Dead head established roses and start planning for your new season roses. These will begin arriving in late May so prepare new planting sites now with Palmers X Garden Compost.
Harvest the last of your late summer veges - Pumpkins, Marrows, Potatoes and Onions. Store them in a cool dry place.
Transplant winter seedlings or sow seeds of Beetroot, Broccoli, Broad Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Onions, Radish, Spinach, Swedes and Turnips directly into your garden bed.
A raised vegetable bed in winter helps with drainage and can also improve growth as soil in raised beds warms with the winter sun. A layer of mulch will also help keep soil temperatures warm.
Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails with Quash or Bliztem granules which are rain resistant making them longer lasting for winter use.
As your leeks grow pile u the soil around the stems to provide support and keep the stems white.
If your vege patch won't be used over winter, consider sowing Blue Lupin or Mustard Seeds as a winter 'green' crop. This is an easy, natural way to add nutrients and improve soil structure for spring planting.
In frost free areas plant another crop of Potatoes, a Potatoes planter will allow you to grown them in a warm sheltered area of your garden or patio.
Refresh your herb garden with Parsley, winter Mint, Chives, Rosemary and other winter herbs from Plamers seasonal range.
Feed citrus trees with Palmers Citrus Tree Fertiliser to promote strong healthy autumn growth.
Once all the fruit trees are harvested spray pip and stone fruit trees with Yates Champ DP to protect against leaf curl, leaf blight, leaf spots, downy mildew, black spot and verrucosis.
Once the leaves on your stone and pip trees have begun to drop, prune and seal cuts with pruning paste. Collect and dispose of all the leaves into your compost bin.
This is the best month for sowing a new or repairing your existing lawn. Plamers have a great range of lawn seed from hard-wearing for playgrounds to easy care.
Top-dress existing lawns with Scots Lawn Builder and Tui Lawn Seed.
Mix in Saturaid with your lawn seed and spread over the area, this will improve water penetration through the soil and reduce dry patches.
Control weeds in your lawn with Yates Turfix weed spray.