In the garden: April to-dos
AllRound Tree Services is pleased to offer our clients and regular readers seasonal advice for household gardens. Today we talk about what to do in your garden for the month of April and the rest of autumn.
April planting: trees and flowers
At AllRound, we are great fans of the gorgeous ivory curl tree (Buckinghamia celsissima). We have previously written about how beautiful they are, how hardy and easy to care for, and how suitable for suburban gardens and footpaths.
Well, April is an ideal time to plant an ivory curl tree! Although they take 3 to 5 years to reach maturity for flowering, a young tree close to maturity planted now will flower in the next season around Christmas–New Year.
And while we are thinking about Christmas, now is also the time to pot up a Norfolk Island pine sapling (Araucaria heterophylla) into a much larger container so that it will be ready to use as a Christmas tree in December.
Flowers, anyone? Now is the time to plant everlasting daisies for fabulous flower displays in spring. Try raising seedlings in a punnet of the Swan River daisy (Brachyscome iberidifolia) – or just scatter seeds into a cultivated soil bed and rake it for a beautiful widlflower meadow in spring.
April in your vegetable patch
Balance out your taste for chocolate and hot cross buns by planting some leafy greens! April is the time to plant spinach, lettuce, Asian greens, rocket, cabbage and silverbeet.
Your herb garden will welcome plantings of lemongrass, chamomile, coriander, parsley and oregano.
Root vegetables to plant include carrots, beetroot, radishes and the humble spud.
And don’t forget to top up the mulch on your garden at this time of year, especially after a good watering. AllRound Tree Services has a variety of mulches – get in touch for more information.