Gardening Tips For April
One of the best times to plant trees and shrubs in the spring is in April. In general, trees and shrubs are hardier in April than in other months, and you will be able to see some beautiful blooms before the summer months arrive. If you have a lot of time and want to plant as many trees as possible, planting in early March will be the best choice. The warmer temperatures will also help you plant more flowers.
In April, you can start the process of late winter pruning. There are certain plants you should not drastically prune in April. Floating row covers will keep pests from feeding on your seedlings. Check for ticks and weeds. If you have not already done so, now is a good time to do it. In addition, you can start planting daffodils. A good time to check for chaffing moths is when you see them on daffodils.
Besides bulbs, you can also plant flowering plants. In some regions, April is the best time to plant flowers. If the ground is still frozen, you can plant bulbs under grow lights indoors. Tuberous begonia, for example, should be planted with their rounded side down. For caladium, the concave side should be up. After you’ve planted the seedlings, you can water them and watch them grow.
In Zones 4-5, April is the ideal month to start planning and maintaining your garden. While the weather can be unpredictable, you can use the warmth of spring as an opportunity to get the most out of your garden. The ground has started to warm up, which makes it an excellent time to prep your soil. If you’re in a wet area, be sure to avoid walking on saturated soil unless you’re digging. This can cause compaction in the soil and can lead to a number of garden bed problems. Turn over nitrogen-fixing cover crops.
During April, temperatures are moderate and the rain is plentiful, making it an ideal gardening month. Tall perennials, however, should be staked to prevent them from becoming too tall. The last month of the year is an excellent time to plant warm-season vegetables, such as carrots, squash, and potatoes. Just make sure you plant them in mid-late April to avoid freezing temperatures. Keeping a journal will help you plan your garden well in the coming months.
If you’ve been putting off planting for the spring season, you’ve got a lot to do this month. You can plant a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The first vegetables to be planted are daffodils, tulips, and crocus. After they’ve bloomed, you can enjoy your garden in the springtime. But remember to check your hardiness zone before you start.
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