l Keep an eye out for slugs and snails, especially after rain showers. Protect vulnerable seedlings and plants (such as hostas) with copper rings or sharp grit.
l Warmer weather equals more weeds. There’s no easy shortcut, you need to get out there and get stuck in.
l Sow hardy annual seeds for seasonal colour for later in the year.
l Daffodils which have been forced can be knocked out of their pots and planted among trees and shrubs to establish themselves for flowering in the open next year.
l Give roses, fruit and veg a dressing of fertiliser. In dry weather use dry feeds, hoeing them into the surface where they will be washed in by watering or rain.
l Thin young raspberry canes.
l Sow cinerarias now for flower at Christmas and follow on with successional sowings in May and June.
l Support peas with plastic green support mesh from the garden centre or use twiggy sticks and prunings from other shrubs in the garden.
l Feed blackcurrants, blackberries and hybrid berries with a high-nitrogen feed to give them a welcome boost.
l Plant container-grown fruit trees.
l Thin shoots on perennials such as delphiniums, lupins and phlox, removing about one in three or four of the shoots depending on how crowded they are.
l Continue to plant summer bulbs including gladiolus, dahlias and cannas.