It’s April and it’s time to get cranking on yard work. Here’s a list of what to do in your landscape in April:
Schedule your sprinkler activation if you have an irrigation system.
Amend the soil in your garden beds with organic compost.
Freshen up mulch with a rake and add more if necessary. A layer of mulch should be at least 3 inches deep.
Fertilize your lawn with an organic fertilizer. Organic lawn fertilizer is mostly alfalfa-based and will break down slowly, meaning your lawn gets fed slowly and consistently. Your turf will be thicker and healthier, but it won’t grow as quickly (mow less often!).
Plant cool-season crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, radishes, cabbage, and peas.
Start warm-season crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers indoors so they will be big, healthy, and ready to transplant outdoors at the end of May.
Prune dead or broken branches from trees and shrubs.
Don’t prune anything that blooms in early spring (lilacs, for example).
Plant pansies and other cold-hardy annuals outdoors for early spring color.
After your tulips, daffodils, and crocus have finished blooming, you can cut the flower stem off, but let the foliage die back naturally. The bulb needs to store energy in order to re-bloom next year.
If you have any questions on how to prepare your garden for the upcoming season, let us know! Have questions relating to your landscape, or are you planning on doing any large-scale renovations? Contact our landscaping department for all the answers you need. They handle everything from sprinkler activation to full-blown landscape renovations!