David Domoney Newsletter

April: Sunshine and showers

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With daylight savings having come and gone, and us now being in British Summer Time, the days are getting noticeably longer, so there is no better opportunity to take advantage and spend more time in your garden.

You may catch me coming to a garden centre near you, as I will be visiting garden centres across the country throughout April and into May. Find the list of garden centres I will be visiting here. Make sure to check their respective websites, and social media, or get in touch with your closest garden centre to avoid disappointment, as some events are already fully booked.

I will be live on This Morning on Monday 8th of April, so make sure to tune in at 10 am where I will be giving my advice on chemical-free pest control in the garden. Also, my new daytime TV show on ITV, Alan Titchmarsh’s Gardening Club, is still airing every Monday from 2 pm until the 6th of May, or catch up whenever you please on ITVX.

I look forward to you tuning in to ITV on Monday!

Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

Prune Hydrangeas

By giving your Hydrangeas a prune in April, you can be rewarded with wonderful flowers in the coming months.

Tip 1 prune hydrangeas april 2024

Lacecap, Serrata, and Mophead

The faded flowerheads from last year can now be removed, as they’ve done the job of protecting the vulnerable buds. Cut back to the first, strong pair of healthy buds. You can also remove overgrown and some of the oldest stems too.

tip 2 prune hydrangeas april 2024

Paniculata and Arborescens

It is essential to prune back any dead wood this month, and make sure to prune last year’s stems back to the first healthy buds too. This will guarantee larger flowerheads, for a more impressive display.

tip 3 prune hydrangeas april 2024

Climbing varieties

In spring, established climbing varieties can handle a hard prune, but if you prune quite a lot you will find a reduced flowering volume and period for a couple of years. Stagger this pruning over a couple of years to avoid this.

tip 4 prune hydrangeas april 2024

Aspera and Quercifolia

These Hydrangea varieties are quite hardy, and don’t require much pruning in spring. Just a minimal snip here and there of long and dead stems should be all they need.

New Video from David

In this latest video, find out the answers to Google’s most asked questions about Dahlias.

How to grow: Marjoram

Find out how to grow Marjoram so you can enjoy this sweet flowering herb in your garden.

Win 1 of 10 AMES Tools Lawn Aerators

These high-quality, stainless steel lawn aerators will make short work of aerating your lawn’s soil, for healthier and more vibrant grass.

Top 10 Plants

Find out my top 10 April garden plant choices to consider for your garden, for wonderful colour and interest.

Win an OASE Filtral Pump & Nozzle Kit

The Oase Filtral 1500 pump will effortlessly create a healthy, water-based environment in your small ponds and pre-formed pools.

How to make your own garden compost

Pest & Disease Guide: Vine Weevil

Learn the best ways to spot and control these beetles which attack your plant’s roots and leaves.

Win a set of 3 Hartman Scatter Cushions

Enter for your chance to win a set of 3 mixed or matching Hartman Scatter Cushions, each shower-proof and UPF 50+ protected.

Buy a copy of David’s book

How to care for Dahlias

These wonderful flowers are the gift that keeps on giving. Find out how best to care for them for the best flowering results.

Create a Sustainable Garden

With just a few simple changes and adjustments, you can ensure your garden is more sustainable, saving you money.

Win a Yard Force Aquajet

The Yard Force 20V Cordless Pressure Cleaner will make cleaning areas of your garden effortless, with adjustable pressure for any task.

Here are the winners from March:

AMES Tools Carbon Steel 3-Prong Cultivators:

Carolyn Corrin

Patricia Avery

Carol Rawlings

Rebecca Somerfield

Samantha Jerome

Julie Moody

Maria Blythin

Claire Hamilton

Edan Hawke

Sheila McKenna

Hartman Fabric Cleaner:

Thomas Riley

Alex Porter

Julie Jones

Barrie Phillips

Emma Ellams

Yard Force iFlex Lawnmower:

Pauline Hobday

Congratulations to the winners!

Keep your eyes peeled for more blogs, videos, competitions and winner announcements throughout April.