Oh what a marvelous month is April. The daffodils, tulips, azaleas, and dogwoods are all dazzling this month!
As you see the flower buds of your daffodils and tulips emerge, it’s a great time to fertilize with an organic fertilizer like Bulb Tone. Dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and other acid-loving shrubs and trees also appreciate a dose of organic fertilizer, like Holly Tone, in the spring. It’s time to get those peony cages out as the peonies unfurl their leaves, and time to get the mower tuned up so you’re ready for that first mowing. If you want to divide perennials or move them to new spots in the garden, April is a great month to do so. Most perennials transplant best when they are just barely showing out of the ground. As soon as you see those sedum clumps or hosta noses, you can cut off a chunk with your spade and move it to a new home. (Except for spring-blooming perennials, which are best divided and transplanted in the fall, when cooler temperatures return and they’re no longer in bloom.)
If you want to prune your Forsythia, do so immediately after it blooms. One recommended method is to cut 1/3 of the oldest, thickest branches completely to the ground each year, which promotes new, bushier growth from the crown.
At last the warmer temperatures overnight mean we can plant out our tomatoes, peppers, squash, cukes, melons, and other warm season vegetables. If frost threatens, some gardeners like to use a clotch or hoop house to keep the frost off. Doing so can help you get a head start on fresh garden tomatoes earlier in the summer.
Enjoy the garden, everyone!