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April Gardening Tips

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, April 21, 2014

April Gardening Tips


  • Remove weeds from the garden and ornamental beds early.

  • Start a new compost pile for use later in the season.

  • Plant semi-cool crops such as cauliflower, carrots, beets, lettuce, parsley, parsnip, salsify, endive, potatoes and Swiss chard.

  • Start an asparagus bed in a trench composed of the existing soil mixed with organic matter and an all-purpose fertilizer.

  • Aerate the lawn to promote air and water movement, decrease thatch, increase fertilizer penetration and prepare to apply pre-emergent.

  • Apply a pre-emergent to turfgrass the first of April, and again the first of June, to control crabgrass and spurge.

  • Wait to cut back foliage of spring blooming bulbs such as daffodils and tulips until the leaves turn yellow or die back.

  • Prune shrubs that bloom after June 1st.

  • Get some new strawberry plants for the berry patch. 

  • Set mower height to 2-2 ½” tall.

  • Harden off early tomato seedlings by exposing them to temps 40-50’F for three hours per day, second week of April.

  • Pansies and cold tolerant flowers become available at local nurseries.

  • Sow squash, melon and cucumber seeds indoors.

  • Aerate turf grass.

  • Transplant early tomatoes into walls of water or other protected environment.

  • Prune and fertilize roses.

  • Prep garden soil for planting if you’ve haven’t already.

  • Plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day on April 26.

  • Plant gladiolus and dahlia bulbs outside



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