It’s April, the weather is getting nicer and ideal for gardening! There are several items to do during this month.
Weed Control: Temperatures are warming up and the weeds are starting to sprout. Controlling them early is key. You want to remove them before they have a chance to drop their seeds. Light use of herbicides is also an option if hand weeding doesn’t sound appealing to you.
Irrigation: While it’s not quite time to turn on your irrigation yet, it is a good time to get your system started up to make sure nothing is broken and everything is working optimally, so that when the rain stops and things dry up, all you have to do is turn your controller on.
Fertilizer: If you haven’t already fertilized your yard, now is still a good time! Sending in a soil sample for analysis is also a good idea so you can see what your soil needs.
What to Prune: By April, Forsythias, Winter Daphne, Camellias, Hellebores, and Witch Hazel have all finished blooming. Once they are done blooming, it’s time to prune them back. April is also a good time to prune Mugo Pines.
What’s Blooming: Tulips are usually in full bloom during the early part of April. Wallflowers, Bleeding Hearts, and Phlox are also in full bloom.
Planning: Now is a good time to plan any landscaping changes in your yard. If you wait until later in the year, plants can be sold out and landscaping contractors can be completely booked throughout the summer. It is also a good time to plan your summer vegetable garden.
What’s Going on in the Community: Master Gardener plant sale is happening at the Lane Events Center on Saturday, April 28th from 9am to 4pm. Admission is free!
Lawn Care: Now is a good time to put a preemergent on your lawn to keep weeds from popping up and making your lawn appear unsightly. If it is dry enough in the later part of the month, it is a good time to aerate your grass.