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Article: April Chores in the Garden

Created on: Monday, June 09, 2003

  • Remove winter mulches and wraps.
  • Transplant dormant trees and shrubs.
  • Prune vines, roses, ornamental grasses and prune dormant trees and shrubs.
  • Divide perennials.
  • Sow flower seeds (&veggies) indoors.
  • Set cabbage family plants in cold frame.
  • Sow carrots, beets, radish, peas in garden.
  • Fertilize all trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, fruit and berries -wait on bulbs until after they bloom.
  • Begin lawn care -pre-emergent fertilizer, top dress, seed bare spots, lime. Or start a new lawn from seed or sod. Have pH checked.
  • Begin to weed and edge beds.
  • Start a wildflower garden.
  • Check soil temperature; root growth starts at 45 degrees, top growth at 55 degrees.
  • Plant summer-blooming bulbs.
  • Plant strawberries, asparagus and small fruits.
  • Divide crowded spring bulbs after flowering, and deadhead and fertilize.
  • Place grow-through rings and supports around perennials, peonies, trellises for peas, etc.
  • Look for new varieties of annuals and veggies.

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