Gardening Tips For
tired of being stuck in the house and can’t wait to get in the garden, the
month of April is a good starting point. While the soil may still be too cold
and wet to do major work there are a number of tasks you can do to give you a
head start on the gardening season. Here a few timely activities to consider:
your landscape for winter damage. Snow, ice and high winds may have damaged
trees and shrubs. This is a good time to remove any damaged limbs or other
compromised plant parts. Use sharp pruning tools and remember that pruning or
removing large trees is a job for a professional arborist only.
up any debris and excess leaves you missed in the fall. You can start a compost
pile with the leaves or simply work them into the garden soil for added organic
a look at the health of your lawn. Sparse areas of grass or excessive moss
could indicate a problem. Consider having a soil test done by your CCE office
to see if any amendments are recommended.
your mower before the grass really starts growing. A tune up and blade
sharpening should be done before you have to start mowing late in the month.
forming perennial flowers like daylilies, hostas and chrysanthemums can be
divided easily now before they get too large.
a few small branches from your flowering shrubs and trees and force them into
bloom inside before they burst out in color outside.
is likely to be a big year for home vegetable gardens. Visit your local garden
store or check out some seed catalogs online for varieties of vegetables to
grow in your garden.
tolerant vegetables like peas and spinach can be planted directly in your
garden in mid to late April as long as your soil is not too wet.
pansies can add spring color and compliment spring flowering bulbs which are
also blooming now.
a good time to prune flowering shrubs like Rose of Sharon and butterfly bush.
Roses can be pruned back to remove winter damaged portions of canes.
call early in the month for pruning of apples and pears.
you grow lilies, watch for the invasive red lily leaf beetle. The adult of this
insect emerges as the foliage peeks out of the ground. Early control by hand
picking the adults helps.
the excess fuel out of your snowblower or add a gas stabilizer before its
stored for next year.
gardening in raised beds this year. It’s easier and can help avoid poor soil
and drainage issues. You can buy ready made kits from garden suppliers or find
plans for building your own on line.
for developing weeds in your garden and landscape now. They are easier to
remove when they are small and young.
on the status of your local greenhouse, garden center and nursery businesses.
Many will be offering more delivery and curbside pick up options this year due
outside into the fresh air and walk through your yard. Gardening is therapeutic
and we call all use a fresh outlook on things.
Last updated April 23, 2020