Top Gardening Jobs for April

Spring has sprung! April showers bring May flowers, but there's plenty to do in the garden before May even arrives. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie getting your hands dirty for the first time, here's a guide to the top gardening jobs to tackle this April.

Get planting

April is prime time for planting a wide range of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Bedding plants like petunias, marigolds, and geraniums can be planted out after the risk of frost has passed. Sow seeds directly into the soil or start them indoors for crops like beans, peas, carrots, and lettuce.

It’s training season!

Take advantage of the spring growth spurt to prune shrubs, climbers, and fruit trees. Remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches to encourage healthy growth and improve air circulation. Train climbing plants onto supports or trellises to guide their growth.

Weeding and mulching

Keep on top of weeds before they have a chance to take hold. Regularly hoeing or hand-weeding will prevent them from competing with your plants for nutrients and water. Mulch bare soil with organic matter to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and improve soil structure.


As the weather dries out, ensure that your plants receive an adequate supply of water. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage strong root development. Be especially vigilant with newly planted or container-grown plants, which may require more frequent watering.

Pest and disease control

Keep a close eye out for signs of pests and diseases as the weather warms up. Early intervention is key to preventing infestations and outbreaks. Use natural predators, barriers, or organic treatments to control pests and diseases without harming beneficial insects.

Support your plants

Provide support for tall or sprawling plants to prevent them from flopping over or becoming damaged. Install stakes, cages, or trellises to keep plants upright and tidy, particularly for heavy-flowering or fruiting varieties.


April brings an abundance of fresh produce to the garden. Harvest early crops like radishes, salad greens, and rhubarb for delicious homegrown meals. Enjoy the fruits of your labour and share with friends and family.

With a little effort in April, you'll be well on your way to a thriving and productive garden throughout the summer months. So get out there, get your hands dirty, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!