13 Garden Tips for April
- To remove rust from garden tools, use a touch of motor oil and a steel-wool pad plus some elbow grease.
- It is safe now to plant hardy perennials, shrubs and trees but the word from the nursery industry is that they are running 2-3 weeks behind on getting plants in, especially from the south. Look for full nurseries and garden centers around mid-month.
- It is also safe to plant the cool season annuals like pansies, dianthus and primrose. Add some color to your gardens!
- Lawn mowing will begin as cool season grasses respond to ideal temperatures and spring rain. Most lawns will need to be mowed weekly. Keep lawns between 2-3 inches in the spring. Don't forget to change the oil, spark plug and add fresh fuel.
- Transplant cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks and onions.
- Be on the lookout for Aphifd. As plants leaf out, aphids will begin showing up too. Use an insecticidal soap to control this pest.
- Slugs continue to increase in size and numbers this month. Spread organic slug bait around the garden.
- Don't forget to turn on your outside water to water new plants adequately.
- This is a good time to clean out flower pots, add fresh soil and fertilizer. This way they will be all ready to plant next month.
- The late season also means there is less for wildlife to eat. Re-stock those bird feeders.
- Grilling season is upon us! Clean the grill with soap and water. Replace briquettes and check propane hoses for damage and leaks.
- Go to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Here is a link to their website: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
- GO OUTSIDE!! It is a beautiful world out there.
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