EARLY-FLOWERING SHRUBS such as forsythia can be pruned if necessary, taking out some of the old flowered branches at the base. Over-tall mahonias should also be reduced, by cutting down one or two of the tallest stems by half.
GRASS IS growing strongly again, but not strongly enough in our garden to gain ground from moss, which had a field day this wet winter. If you don't like moss, treat your lawn with a product combining fertiliser with weed and moss killer.
HARDEN OFF bedding plants such as petunia and ageratum before planting them out when the weather warms up this month.
IF YOU put on a thick layer of mulch now, you will helpthe soil to retain the moisture it has accumulated over the winter. A thick layer of organic matter on top of the soil discourages weeds from germinating. Garden or mushroom compost, or a ground bark mulch, are all useful. So are untreated lawn mowings.Reuse content