April Garden Tips
Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables Clean out spent window boxes & brighten them with colorful annuals & early blooming perennials. Check containers for plants that did not survive the winter. Top-dress with compost. Or better yet, unpot the entire plant, check the rootball for overcrowding or girdling. If root-bound, pot up to a larger container or plant out in the garden. If not root-bound, clear the drainage hole of any obstructions, refresh the potting mix & add a little fertilizer such as Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom & then place the revitalized plant back into the container. Hesitant to tackle this task? Stop by the nursery and we’ll show you how. Take wintered-over fuchsias & geraniums out of hiding. Cut them back (down to the rim of the container, if in a hanging basket) Lift them out of the container & repot with fresh soil, no need to change containers as long as the plant isn't root-bound. Feed with an organic, slow-release fertilizer. It will be broken down & ready for the plant when it begins this year's growth. Resist the urge to cut down the foliage of tulips & daffodils after they are finished blooming! The bulbs need to store the nutrients for next year's growth & bloom. Unsightly for a time, perhaps, but once the leaves are at least halfway died back they can be trimmed. Explore succession planting & find a perennial partner that will mask the fading bulb foliage. Slugs... need we say more? We recommend using Sluggo (not harmful to pets or birds) to stop the damage from these garden pests. Early treatment is best before the slug population takes off! It is time to feed those perennials that have started to show themselves in earnest & begin their spring growth spurt. G & B All-Purpose (4-4-4) or Rose & Flower (5-7-2) fertilizer will work well for most plantings. Be careful not to burn or break emerging foliage. Drop by the nursery if you have any questions about feeding specific plants. While the weather is still somewhat dry, prepare vegetable beds for later planting. Go ahead & plant salad greens this month, though, along with spinach, chard & other leafy vegetables (watch out for slugs). April is the month to start your seeds for warm season vegetables like: tomatoes, peppers & squash! Make sure to start them indoors & typical target date for planting in the garden is late May to early June. We Carry Irish Eyes Seeds Lawn Care Bring out the lawn mower . You may have noticed that the lawn has taken a leap in height with these warmer days. It's better to start early in the season with the mower set high than to tackle wet thick grass. Leave the clippings on the ground to break down & provide some free nitrogen for the soil. Fertilize, de-thatch, & aerate! This month is perfect for fertilizing the lawn, we recommend G & B Lawn Fertilizer. Test the pH of the soil (we carry the test kits at the Nursery!) & add lime if it's too acidic. Trees, Shrubs and Fruit Time to feed Roses & other hungry shrubs, too! Side-dress the roses with G & B Rose & Flower Food for a season of healthy growth. Watch out for black spot & powdery mildew — catch it before it sets in & treat your plants to a neem oil product, like Dr. Earth Fungicide. If you do see black spot or powdery mildew on your rose leaves, remove the diseased leaves & discard them in the trash bin to decrease the possibility of it spreading to other roses & plants in your garden. Plant a tree (or large shrub) for Arbor Day (April 30th)! Our selection is better than ever, with a wide range of types & sizes to choose from! Fertilize those early-spring bloomers that are about done for this year, but gathering nutrients to store up for next year's show, like Forsythias & Camellias. When their bloom is finished, most likely by the end of the month, it is the perfect time to prune them as well, before they set buds for next year's flowers. Most Bamboo enter their crazy spring growth spurt when soil temperatures reach 55-60F. So divide and thin now for the healthiest and most attractive plantings. General Tips Though we've had our share of precipitation coming into this spring, it is important to get into the water-wise gardening habit! Wise water use is a good idea at any time, and efficient use of water is important not only for the preservation of resources and the health of your plants, but for the health of your summer water bills, as well! — we are well-stocked and ready to help you get started! Here's a list for ways to more efficiently use water in your garden: Mulch. Water deeply and less frequently, instead of often and shallowly. Water early in the day. If you use sprinklers, don't set them so high that they give off a mist, which will just uselessly evaporate away. Consider getting a timer for your hoses and set them to water early in the morning ,when there is less evaporation and plenty of time for the foliage to dry.