The lingering warmth has everything growing like mad, and gardens are looking lush and green as ever. This is a busy month in the garden, with lots of gorgeous, colourful plants to add to your planting list, and a bunch of odd jobs to attend to before the crisp autumn air starts to move in.


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Which plants are flowering in April?

Clockwise from left: Banksias, pansies, sasanqua camellias, hibiscuses and dahlias are all in flower this month.


What to plant in April

Which plants to fertilise in April

  • Get your veggie garden in tip-top shape for a winter crop by adding lime or Supersoil Professional Enriched Cow Manure to the soil.
  • Fertilise annuals with weak fortnightly solutions of Harvest or PowerFeed.
  • Avoid fertilising camellias and azaleas in April. Why? Feeding now will stimulate leaf growth, but might cost you buds and flowers down the track.

Which plants to prune in April

  • If you live in an area prone to cold and frost, stay away from the secateurs this month. Plants will need leaf cover to protect them from frost.
  • Remove spent heads of pansies, violas and other annuals to encourage further flowering.

Garden pests, diseases and weeds to look out for in April

  • Protect newly-planted bulbs and seedlings with snail pellets. Use pellets like Multiguard Snail & Slug Killer, always ensuring you follow the packet instructions.
  • If mildew appears on your roses or hydrangeas, spray with a fungicide such as Mancozeb Plus.
  • Aphids on pansy and viola seedlings can be kept under control with pyrethrum.
  • Caterpillars munching on edibles can be controlled with Success ULTRA.

This month, it's time to prepare soil for rose planting, keep an eye out for caterpillars, repot indoor plants and control aphids.

April's general lawn and garden care tasks

  • Autumn is prime time for lawn care. Click here for your complete guide.
  • Mulch autumn leaves and add them to the compost heap. If you leave them to compost in a heap by themselves, add Supergrow Organic Fertiliser Pellets and dolomite to the pile to quicken the decomposition process.
  • Divide clumps of perennials such as iris, perennial phlox and Shasta daisies.
  • Repot plants into larger containers with fresh potting mix.
  • Prepare a bed for your roses. Dig the soil over in a sunny position, and then add compost or a rose planting mix.
  • Remove stone fruit from trees and dispose of them to eliminate sources of brown-rot fungus.
  • Start applying Seasol to help protect against frost in the colder months.

Your April garden centre shopping list

  • Fungicide to protect indoor and outdoor plants from mould and mildew.
  • Autumn roses are at their best, making it a good time to choose and buy your favourites.
  • Choose your colourful autumn trees and camellias now while you can see their true colours.