April Gardening Tips
- April is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs. Be sure to improve the soil with compost.
- Plant hardened off perennials, Pansys, Violas, Alyssum, Dusty Miller, Snapdragon and Dianthus. These plants can withstand the light frosts.
- Plant Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Lettuce, Peas, Rhubarb, Brussels Sprouts, strawberry plants and perennial herbs that have been hardened off. Also plant onion sets, seed potatoes, garlic, shallots and asparagus roots. These can take the light frosts.
- Tomatoes and peppers can be put outside with a wall o’water.
- It’s time to plant seeds of peas, turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and radishes.
- Start fertilizing roses, trees and shrubs when leaves appear on the branches.
- Mid April is the best time to start fertilizing your lawn. Use a fertilizer with a pre-emergent (weed and grass preventer) to prevent weed seeds from germination.
- April is a good time to seed or overseed an existing lawn. Do not use a pre-emergent if you are going to seed. Keep area moist for good germination.
- Core aerate lawn before fertilizing. This helps improve the lawn’s vigor and health.
- As weeds start to actively grow in the lawn, spray with Fertilome Weed Free Zone. Excellent cool weather weed killer.
- Apply Florel Fruit Eliminator when fruiting trees are in full bloom, to prevent fruit set.
- Prune roses approximately 1 to 2 feet above the ground. Don’t prune climbers except to remove dead, weak or diseased canes.
- Plant spring bulbs such as dahlias, begonias, lilies and gladiolas.
- Apply “Merit” like Bayer Tree & Shrub Spray to prevent and cure insect damage for up to one year on trees and shrubs.
- Average temperature in April: High/Low 61.4/34.4.