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Gardening Tasks For April

Clean-up. Spread Compost/Bark around trees and shrubs--a key ingredient to any successful landscape. Applying a natural Hardwood mulch reduces soil water loss, suppresses weeds, protects against temperature extremes, and provides a nice aesthetic finish to your landscaping beds. 3” annually is sufficient for all your needs. Be careful when using the wood mulches and dyed products as they have the tendency to steal nitrogen away from your plants.

Apply Preemergent herbicide for crabgrass control. Crabgrass controls are usually pre-emergent in nature (killing crabgrass seeds prior to germination). When applying pre-emergents, you usually cannot overseed unless the pre-emergent label specifically permits it. The chemical will kill all the seed. Apply pre-emergents about April 15th for good seasonal control or when soil temperature reach 50 degrees. Another gauge to follow is the Forsythia blossom. The key to the effectiveness of pre-emergents is to water the chemical in after application to create that barrier on the surface to stop all germinating weeds.

Divide late-blooming Perennials such as:
Aster Phlox Coreopsis
Mums Sedum Grasses
Coral Bells Rudbeckia Coneflower (Back to Top)

Spring Bulbs:
Q: Why don’t tulips come back with the same vigor they showed the first year?
A: Well, we hate to burst your bubble if you are a tulip grower, but we almost consider them an annual bulb anymore because of all their associated problems. Many possibilities exist for their second year disappearance act. They could have been pulled off or cleaned up too early. Maybe they weren’t planted deep enough (6-8”) or insect and disease invaded them. Perhaps the fastest growing problem among tulips is the threat that rodents present. Little critters love digging for these hidden treasures. This is one reason why daffodils always come back, because they are poisonous to most rodents. The conclusion: If your still determined to see a beautiful tulip display every spring, plan on planting a new batch every Fall.

When it comes to spring bulbs, especially tulips and daffodils, size does matter. Make sure you know what your buying….the bigger, the better.

Easter Lily:
Q: Can you plant your Easter Lily outside after it is done blooming?
A: Of Course!! Easter Lilies make great garden plants and will return year after year with summer blooms. When planted outside, they bypass Easter and wait until summer to show off their blossoms. The key to pulling this off is to plants the bulbs deep and in well drained soil. Once the Lily is done blooming inside, remove the faded flowers and cut off the top of the stem. Carefully remove the plant from the pot and plant it slightly deeper than originally growing. The ideal location to place your Lily would be in the morning sun and afternoon shade. (Back to Top)