Tips - April
Perennials – Create
that English cottage garden you have been dreaming about. Or, start that Mediterranean villa look you
have seen in the magazines. We got the
plants to do it all.
Veggies – Time to
prepare the soil and plant broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard,
endives, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, and others. The brave can plant tomatoes, or wait till
late in the month to be sure against frost damage. Be sure to incorporate lots of organic
compost into the soil.
– Plant new varieties! Use manure or compost for blueberries, cane
and trailing berries. You can apply
organic fertilizers to the soil before topdressing.
– Wait till after flowering to thin and shape your trees and shrubs. Don’t remove more than 30% of the growth to
avoid shock. Any plant you have to
consistently restrict that much may need replacement with a more suitable
Fertilize – Your lawn
could use a good kick start. Use an
organic formula such as “Dr. Earth Lawn Fertilizer” to avoid a nitrogen
rush. No need to mow more than you have
to. It’s also a good month to fertilize
the rest of the garden as well.
Fungus can still take your plants – Watch for slugs and snails in the
garden, black spot and powdery mildew on roses, and botrytis on peonies. There are more evil critters out there to
kill your lovely plants, so keep an eye out and catch it early before real
damage occurs. Use preventative
treatments for apple scab, cherry brown rot and blossom bright. Use natural products and earth friendly pest
control methods. The key is monitoring.