Our "Pooducing" Girls have got a spring in their step
Moss and Dead Grass It's Warming Work But worth it later on
It's a good time to scarify and aerate the lawn to get rid of dead thatch and moss. Use a spring tine rake which will pull out the rubbish. Pick this up with the lawn mower.
Feeding Grass. In mid-spring (often late March to April), use a proprietary spring or summer lawn fertiliser at the manufacturer's recommended rates. Feeding the lawn will increase vigour and help prevent weeds and moss from establishing. Apply fertilisers when the soil is moist, or when rain is expected. (not much in the forecast at the moment!)
If you have bare patches then it could be leather jackets.
Crane flies or daddy long legs lay their eggs in the same area of lawn from which they emerge, so numbers can increase rapidly.
Water the lawn where you suspect an infestation and cover with black polythene.
Next day uncover and collect them up!
In the Greenhouse
As the weather is so cold it's great to have jobs in the warmth
Prick out seedlings as they get to a size to be handled
Water seedlings an hour before pricking out to make the roots easier to separate.
Use a dibber to make holes in the compost to plant the seedlings into.
Take your dibber and gently pinch a leaf between the thumb and forefinger of your other hand. (Always handle seedlings by a leaf, never by the fragile stem that is easily damaged)
Dig the dibber deep into the compost down to the roots and gently lift up the compost under where the roots and seedlings are, until you feel them coming away from the soil.
Place the seedling into the hole and firmly press the compost around with your tool or lightly with your hands.
Plan your container and hanging baskets
Plants will be coming into garden centres soon so take a trip to see what's there.
If you have large pots then a tip is to put an upturned pot inside and fill with the compost around. This will not only save compost but also make the pot lighter for moving around!
Collect up old teabags and place over the drainage holes instead of crocks. This will help drainage and the roots can absorb nutrients from the bags!
There has not been much rain this last week or so and the wind is drying everything out
Spot water plants Dig out persistent weeds Don't forget the birdbath!
Finally there is still time to use the voucher for 10% off Paca Punch liquid plant feed.
Just add April21 at the checkout and it will be automatically deducted.