Gardener’s Agenda- April

Spring has finally arrived. Now is the time to finish all your garden prep. Here is a helpful list of gardening tasks to do this month.

Clean out bird houses and baths. Proper cleaning can help prevent the spread of avian diseases. Mount new bird houses now in time for nesting.

Azaleas, camellas, crepe myrtle, berries, radishes and sweet potatoes all love acidic soil. Acid can even turn your pink hydrangeas blue! Give your soil an acid boost with coffee grounds, spread them around the base of plants. In a new bed, mix the grounds into the top soil before planting.

Plant frost resistant plants and bare roots now. Some great choices are Swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, kale, rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries, asparagus and strawberries.

Pinch off your strawberries blooms until mid June for stronger roots and a better harvest. Learn more about growing strawberries - Strawberries.

Weed and weed often. Weeds just popping up in moist soil is easier to handle now than later in the season when the soil is dry and the weeds have gone to seed.

Plant summer bulbs and tubers such as dahlias,callas, and begonias directly after 1st frost. Irises and daylilies can handle a light frost and should be planted in early spring.

Build a trellis or tee-pee for peas and beans.

Direct sow your root vegetables, sunflowers, melons and corn.

Your trees, shrubs, ground covers, and all other perennials are waking up hungry. Fertilize! A great way to fertilize is with compost tea.

Now is the time to mulch your trees, shurbs and perennial beds. Avoid the volcano look and keep the mulch away from tree trunks and plant stems.

Check over your shrubs and trees for winter damage. Remove all dead or diseased wood. Find all the tools for the job at MasterGardening.com

Give your lawn mower and other lawn equipment a tune up. Don’t wait until the grass is 6 inches high to realize your mower blades need sharpening, do this now before the rush. Dull blades tear the grass blades leaving a brown lawn and can assist in the spread disease.

Check your irrigation system for broken heads of leaks in the lines. Installing a dip irrigation system saves water by allowing water to drip slowly directly to the roots.

Start hardening off your seedlings. Start the process by taking your plants outside for an hour or 2 each day and placing them in a sheltered location.

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