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April in the Garden

Vegetables and Fruits


Plant carrots, onions, beets and other salad crops in early April
Thin radishes, beets and carrots as needed
Harvest asparagus until spear size decreases.

Prune fruit trees if not already done
Prune raspberry and blackberry plantings

Plant new fruit trees
Plant asparagus and rhubarb
Plant beans, corn, vine crops in late April
Cultivate to control seedling weeds.
Turn the compost pile after a long winter rest
Transplant broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage in the garden
Fertilize vegetable garden before planting.
 

Flowers


Remove winter mulch from perennial garden
Cut back last year's growth from perennials
Divide perennials.

Remove seed heads from spring bulbs
Donít remove foliage from spring flowering bulbs as growth is needed for next yearís flower
Feed spring flowering bulbs

Add organic matter such as compost before planting new flowers

Plant new roses
Fertilize rose bushes for spring growth
Plant annuals from seed and transplants
 

Lawns


Mow lawn as needed, bluegrass 2", tall fescue 3".
Fertilize cool season lawns with slow release nitrogen fertilizer

Sharpen mower blade
No need to catch grass clippings if mowing frequently
Do not water unless extremely dry.
 

Trees and Shrubs


Prune spring flowering shrubs such forsythia and lilac after flowering

Plant new trees and shrubs
Keep new trees and shrubs watered
Fertilize young trees to promote growth
Remove grass around trees and shrubs to prevent mower and trimmer damage

Apply mulch layer around plants
 

House plants


Remove dust from leaves by gently showering with room temperature water
Repot as needed, increase pot size by 1"
Begin summer fertilization of plants

Do not move plants outside until night temperatures remain over 60 degrees
Propagate house plants by cuttings or divisions
Fertilize amaryllis and keep in bright light to encourage new leaves
 

 

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