April Gardening Tips
Posted: April 01, 2016
Now is the time to start applying pre-emergent to the lawns and garden beds.
80-85% of all weeds come from seed, for best results, apply when you see Forsythia and Lilacs just about to bloom.
Start mowing as soon as the grass turns green and begins to grow.
Set your mowing height to 3-3 ½ inches, as taller grass develops deeper root systems. Mow often enough that you are removing ONLY a third of total plant height, this will reduce the stress on the plant.
Divide and transplant summer and fall blooming perennials that had poor flowering, open centers and floppy growth.
Begin as new growth appears, typically less than 3-4 inches of growth. Use a shovel or garden fork to dig out the clump and use a knife to divide the clump into smaller pieces. Amend each new hole with compost and peat moss.
Prune evergreens to control size, remove damaged branches and direct growth.
Pines send out new growth from the tips, remove ½ of new growth of expanding buds to control size.
Spruce can be pruned back to a healthy bud at a slight angle to prevent an entryway for insects.
Arborvitaes produce growth on old buds and should be pruned back to a bud or branch. Make sure the bottom is wider than the top.