10 jobs to do in the garden in April 

10 jobs to do in the garden in April 

A change of season brings about a change of focus in the garden. There’s a heap to do in the patch and elsewhere, so let’s get stuck in.

  • Plant spring bulbs into pots and garden beds for a great display in late winter and spring.
  • Prune maple and birch trees to shape and manage their size.
  • Dig out and divide well-established clumping natives, such as kangaroo paw, lomandra and dianella.
  • Work compost or manure into garden bed soil in preparation for planting bare-rooted trees, shrubs, vines and roses in winter.
  • Plant leafy asian vegies, such as pak choy and tatsoi, and spring onions.
  • Sow seed of climbing snow peas into a sunny, well-drained bed next to a supporting fence or trellis.
  • Cut down jerusalem artichoke after the leaves have turned yellow, and shred the stems to make mulch.
  • Spray peach and nectarine trees with a copper-based fungicide after leaf fall to help prevent the onset of curly leaf disease in spring.
  • Create some colour with a winter-spring hanging basket now that the weather is cooling.
  • Thicken and patch bare lawn sections by sprinkling cool-season grass seed, such as rye or fescue, in those areas.