Flowers

  • Pick off any developing seedheads on daffodils and other spring bulbs, but leave the foliage to die back naturally
  • Finish pruning roses early in the month
  • Cut dogwoods, willows, cotinus and paulownia right down to the base to promote vigorous new growth
  • Tidy up alpines as they start to flower, removing dead foliage, then mulch with grit to keep the foliage off damp soil
  • Plant faded forced bulbs out in the garden for blooms next year
  • Plant lilies and other summer-flowering bulbs in pots and borders. Take a look at our complete guide to planting bulbs.
  • Feed ericaceous shrubs, such as rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and pieris, with an ericaceous fertiliser
  • Tidy up borders, removing established and newly-germinating weeds. Watch how Monty weeds by hand.
  • Mulch borders generously with garden compost
  • Plant new roses and other shrubs and climbers
  • Sow wildflower seeds in trays or modules, to produce plants for your own mini-meadow
  • Check tender new shoots for aphids, and remove before infestations get out of hand
  • Continue deadheading spring flowers and any remaining winter bedding so they don't set seed
  • Take a look at this video for tips on the best plant feeds and fertilisers to use in spring.
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Fruit and veg

House plants

  • Water your house plants more regularly as the temperatures warm, check the soil before watering. Take a look at our guide to watering house plants
  • Maximise the amount of light your house plants receive by moving to brighter spots, or choose house plants that will grow in shadier spots
  • Some house plants, like snake plants, are particularly prone to collecting dust on their leaves. So be sure to give these a wipe regularly
  • Try and keep house plants away from temperature fluctuations caused by draughts or central heating
  • Check your house plants for pests like aphidsscale insectthrips and mealybugs  

For more house plant advice and inspiration visit our Growing and caring for house plants page

Greenhouse

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Garden maintenance

  • Find out how to give your lawn a spring boost
  • Build or buy a new compost bin, ready to recycle the coming season's garden waste 
  • Dig out a new pond, or install a water feature, to attract more wildlife
  • Put slug barrier products around the new shoots of hostas and other susceptible perennials. Find out how to deal with slugs and snails organically
  • Replant pots of bulbs from indoors into borders, once the display is over, then water in well and apply liquid feed
  • Check that tree ties aren't too tight and that stakes are still firmly anchored in the ground
  • Prune out any wind-damaged branches on trees and shrubs
  • Fork up emerging shoots of perennial weeds, such as ground elder, removing every bit of root
  • Place bug boxes or bundles of hollow stems in sheltered corners, where insects can lay their eggs. Find out how to make a bug box
  • Keep putting out food for garden birds, as the breeding season gets underway
  • Chop down winter-grown green manure and dig into the soil, to get the veg plot ready for sowing
  • Cut back winter-flowering jasmine to keep it within bounds and encourage flowers next year
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