April 2019 Newsletter
Spring has sprung and my plans are to spend the longer evenings in my garden and on my vegetable patch. There is so much to do this month; luckily gardening is infectious and my little ones will give me a hand who love digging around, watering plants and picking flowers.
There are so many benefits to getting out in the garden and one of them is the top-up of vitamin D from the longer evenings. At Unwins we are focusing this year on rewarding gardening; gardening that makes us healthy, content and relaxed.
Nikki, Head of Horticulture
Our TOP 4 jobs for the month
We believe there is nothing quite as calming as the melody of moving water and no better reward than watching a healthily balanced pond where wildlife thrives and aquatic plants bloom.
April is a great time to get your pond in full working order now the weather has improved and sunlight levels are greater. Turn pond pumps and filters back on, refurnish your pond with some new plants including oxygenators and look forward to seeing pond activity increase.
Enjoy your greenest lawn yet this summer with Aftercut All in One Lawn Treatment. It’s the perfect tonic for your lawn this spring, killing moss and weeds so your desired grass blades don’t have to fight the weeds for sunlight, water and nutrients. Aftercut All in One Lawn Treatment also feeds your grass for rapid greening and conditions for on-going health through the season.
Assess whether your garden beds need a thorough watering. There are small wins to make sure your prize plants are getting enough water. Water directly to the roots so you waste minimum water to evaporation and run-off. Use outdoor Watering Spikes, practical and easy to use.
We also recommend you mulch your flower beds and containers. This conserves the moisture already in the soil over a long period of time.
April is a good month to start sowing outdoors. You can increase the biodiversity and useful pollinating insects in your garden by sowing wildflowers. Even if you designate just a square foot area you’ll be making a difference and adding inviting colour to your garden.
With increased warmth and April showers you may be faced with an army of slugs coming out of the woodwork and descending on your garden plants and bedding. It can be soul-destroying to see the tell-tale trails of slime near the seeds you’ve sown and flowers you’ve raised.
There are many ways to keep slugs at bay from using slug pellets to putting up copper barriers and rough ground cover. There are even natural weapons you can unleash like nematodes. Just water these biological slug-killers into the soil and keep slug populations down.
April’s a deceiving month: just when you think the weather’s on its way up a frost hits that batters your young and tender container plants.
We have a range of products to protect your plants from frost, plus we recommend that you mulch the surface of your beds so any near-surface roots are free from the danger of an unsuspected bout of frost.
Now is a good time to plant bulbs that come into their own in summer. Dahlias, cannas and lilies, all hardy in UK summers, allow your garden to become a tropical escape with their hot and fiery colours of scarlet, purple and vibrant yellow.
We recommend you plant dahlias in flower beds towards the centre. Choose from pom-pom varieties or cactus varieties to suit your character. We are growing dahlias and cannas in pots this year and contrasting them with textural grasses.
Help your garden birds help you. Collectively bird feed on hundreds of insects a day when they are raising their families from spring including garden pests caterpillars and aphids.
By giving birds supplementary seeds to top up their energy reserves birds are likely to stick around and help you with your pest control. Feed them energy-rich seed mixes, suet nuggets and give them frequent clean water to keep them hydrated.
Be in it to win it
Win a pond and garden LED light set worth £60
Treat your pond and garden to this versatile lighting kit; enjoy dramatic lighting at night producing evocative lighting effects with moving water or up-light a favourite statue, prize plant or monument in your garden.
We’d like to see your pictures of inspiring and textural container combinations and a brief description on what makes your container displays stand out.
To be in with a chance to win a pond and garden LED light set simply follow our Instagram page unwins_seeds and post your picture using the hashtag #unwinscompetition
The closing date of the competition is on 25th April 2019. Winner will be selected at random and will be announced in next month’s newsletter and on selected social media. Winners will be contacted by our customer service team before the announcement. The prize cannot be supplemented for a cash prize. If the prize is not claimed within a month of announcement the offer shall be withdrawn. Employees and family members of Unwins are not eligible. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. One entry per household, per competition.