April Gardening To Do’s

DSCN1672April showers bring May flowers and more things to do in the garden! With spring time here for all to enjoy, The Family Tree is excited to get going on planting, trimming, and fertilizing the garden, shrubs and lawns.

Vegetable and Flower Garden:

  • Start by hardening off seedlings that you started indoors. Night-time temperatures need to be consistently above 50 degrees.
  • The Family Tree is full of beautiful spring and summer annuals – head over to see the many beautiful choices we have for your garden!
  • Beware of any late freezes, as you will have to cover newly planted summer annuals.
  • Add a quality fertilizer and soil amendment, such as mushroom compost or a planting mix when you plant your annuals for lush growth.
  • Let daffodil leaves die completely before removing. Some people like to tie them in knots but this is unnecessary.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, who love new tender growth, especially on roses. You can blast them off with a water hose.
  • Continue to spray a fungicide on your roses every two weeks. Watch for insects, caterpillars and fungus.
  • Plant your vegetable garden now but keep an eye out for late frosts as your tomatoes and other warm season vegetables will need to be covered to protect them from the cold. Mulch tomato plants so that water doesn’t splash up onto leaves, which will help control the spread of disease.
  • Have you had your soil tested? If not, you should consider it; it will show you what kind of soil you have and what you need to add to make it the best type for your plants to thrive in.
  • Container grown fruit trees can be planted now. Fertilize pecan trees. Fertilize blueberries in second year, but don’t use nitrate fertilizers, use a special Azalea or Camellia fertilizer instead.

Shrubs and Trees:

When planting shrubs and trees, soak the root ball before you place them in the soil.  Water newly planted shrubs after you plant and then once a week, unless there is a good rain.  If you haven’t fertilized your shrubs yet, use a balanced fertilizer. Keep an eye out for lacebugs on azaleas, which will make the leaves look silvery and speckled; treat with an insecticide. Prune early blooming shrubs such as forsythia, quince, spireas, and azaleas as soon as they finish flowering for optimum bloom next year. Fertilize trees once they leaf out. Use a quality fertilizer. It is still a good time to add container grown trees and shrubs to your landscape.

Lawns:

In late April most warm season grasses will get their first application of fertilizer, and Fescue is ready for its last application. Make sure your Bermuda, Zoysia, or St. Augustine grass is at least 50 percent green before you fertilize. With Centipede grass remember to use a fertilizer with a “0” phosphorus amount; a lot of lawn fertilizers are now transitioning to this, so there are more fertilizer choices. If you are noticing lots of green patches before your lawn starts greening up, then it is probably poa annua (annual bluegrass). This will die out once the temperatures warm up, but make a mental note to apply pre-emergent in the fall to take care of this weed for next year.

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