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Gardening

Month by Month

A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries

April

Spring is Here!

Colour is beaming in our gardens now, the weather is warmer, the nights are lighter and it is a delight to be outdoors enjoying the sun. The gardening season has truly begun. Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month;

• Protect fruit blossom from late frosts

• Keep weeds under control

• Sow new lawn seed and repair bare patches

• Prune Plums

• Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds

• Prune spring flowering shrubs that have finished

   flowering

• Plant out leeks* and onion sets

• Sow salad leaves

• Cotinus and Sambucus and Buddleja can be cut back

   hard now

• Check for any frost damaged shoots on evergreens

• Increase houseplant watering

• Hardy annuals that were sown in February will be ready

   for planting out now

• Mow the lawn on dry days

• Ventilate the greenhouse on warmer days

As the weather turns milder it is important to keep a check on late frosts. Ensure frost protection is still in place on those tender plants and shrubs.

Some slightly tender plants may appear to have been killed by the winter cold, however, do not give up on them yet. It can take weeks for plants to show signs of recovery and put out buds. Check by gently scraping a small patch of bark from the main stem, if the wood underneath is green and moist, the plant is still alive.

*When planting out leeks, ensure that growth is a minimum of 6” high. When planting out leave just 2” or 3” proud of the soil. This will ensure you get a strong, large white section of the leek.

New and Exciting this month………

A new and exciting Viburnum to look out for this month is Viburnum ‘December Dwarf’. A deciduous variety, bearing clusters of pinky/white flowers from March through to late April. Reaching a maximum height of 1.2m, this shrub is perfect for any sunny border. Look out for this new variety today!

Add some everlasting colour to your garden with perennials. There is a vast choice available at this time of year, there is literally something for every aspect and size of garden, why not mix and match colours and

Look out for these new varieties in your local garden centre today!



SPRING HAS BEGUN!

The nursery is beaming with colour and interest, ready for you to kick start your garden for the summer!

Check out our fantastic range of summer annuals, we have everything from Petunia and Geranium to Senetti and Nepeta. Your hanging baskets and pots will never have looked so good.

Want to take the kids out this Easter half term? Bring the kids along to The Topiary Tearoom between the 3rd and 17th April (weekdays only) and they eat for free! Simply purchase an adult meal from the Landscaper Lunch menu, then select a meal from the kids menu, and the kids meal is free. No booking required. *Terms and conditions apply.


For everything your garden needs visit Hollybeck

Tel:  0115 9655450

Email: info@hollybeck.co.uk

Find us halfway between Oxton & Southwell NG25 0RW

www.hollybeck.co.uk

Viburnum ‘December Dwarf’