April Stuff To Do – Breath

Wow. I do not ever remember a year when we were this far behind garden-wise. It is time to get busy! Here is a list of Stuff To Do in April.

  • 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.
  • 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 there website: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

BREATH. ENJOY. That is spring air out there!

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