For the Month of April

  • Start hanging baskets this month once the threat of frost has passed. Some great flowers for hanging baskets are impatiens, petunias and begonias.
  • Keep newly planted plants well watered. Potted plants need watering daily.
  • Now is a great time to buy azaleas! They are in bloom now and you can be assured of the color you are purchasing.
  • The ideal time for pruning is after a shrub has finished blooming. Prune azaleas only if needed.
  • Check for dead wood on your trees and shrubs that may have been damaged during the winter. This wood can be removed.
  • Now is a great time to go ahead and plant summer and fall blooming bulbs like, Callas, Cannas, Dahlias, Gladiolus, and Gloriosa Lilies. You can also separate and divide these plants now.
  • Plant Zinnias for early summer blooms.
  • Fertilize all roses with a slow release fertilizer this month.
  • If the threat of frost is no longer lingering, then it is safe to plant summer annuals like, Ageratum, Allysum , Begonias, Geraniums, Dianthus, Celosia, Marigolds, Moss Rose, Petunias, Impatiens, Coleus, and Caladiums. Add a slow release fertilizer.
  • Zinnias can also be planted now for blooming in the summer.
  • Check your crape myrtles for aphids, found mainly on the tips of branches. These can be simply sprayed off with a water hose.
  • The Easter Lily plants you received for Easter can be planted outside. Simply remove the dead blooms.
  • Wind can make your trees stronger. Remove any guy wires that you might have attached to your young trees.
  • Take a look at the back of your holly leaves on your holly bush. If you see something white and crusty. You may have scale insects. Simply spray with horticultural oil.
  • Before pulling up a shrub that looks dead because of winter freeze, cut back the branches to just above the ground and wait until June to see if any new growth appears.
  • Prune Cherry and Dogwood trees after they have finished blooming and only when needed.
  • Make sure you watch out for the trunks of your trees when mowing the lawn or using the weed eater. They can really damage and possibly kill your tree. Consider adding a mulched tree ring.
  • The fourth Friday of April is National Arbor Day

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