The works of April
April is the month when spring really starts to explode. The big pruning and cleaning jobs should already have been done, but there are several activities that should not be overlooked in order to get the most out of our green spaces. Usually the temperatures begin to rise and consequently the first attacks by parasites and cryptogams will occur: by intervening immediately we can stem these problems and minimize their impact, without damaging the pollinating insects. The rains are very frequent: therefore, care must be taken to avoid rotting for the most sensitive plants. Also remember to protect the herbaceous from snail and slime attacks.
What to do for flower beds and borders?
With the progressive raising of the minimum temperatures, the time has come to remove the protections or bring the more delicate plants outside, trying, if possible, to gradually expose them to sunlight.
We continue to keep the soil clean by resorting to frequent hoeing. If we have not done so before, we distribute granulate for flowering plants and possibly dried ox blood to the weakened specimens or those that need a stimulus to development.
Some herbaceous and bulbous plants already have withered corollas: let's eliminate them immediately to avoid them going unnecessarily to seed. The distribution of a fertilizer rich in phosphorus and potassium is of great help for geophytes: it will help the accumulation of substances in the underground part, guaranteeing us a new flowering the following year. We also absolutely avoid cutting the leaves before they dry out completely.