Garden Tips - April:

Spring is finally here!! Time to get in the garden and get ready for another great growing season!

Cut spent flowers on tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring flowering bulbs as the flower fades. Do not cut the foliage until it dies naturally. The leaves are necessary to produce food for strong bulbs for next year.

Towards the end of the month is the best time to begin your 4-step lawn care program. Apply Jonathan Green’s Crabgrass Preventer Plus Greenup for established lawns. If you are seeding, use Jonathan Green’s Crabgrass Preventer Plus New Seeding. This will prevent crabgrass from growing while still allowing you to grow a healthy lawn from seed. If you are using an organic 4-step lawn care program, apply Jonathan Green’s Organic Lawn Fertilizer if you are seeding or Jonathan Green’s Organic Weed Control Plus Fertilizer to control weeds.

Another product we recommend applying is Jonathan Green’s Love Your Lawn – Love Your Soil. All natural and organic, Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil stimulates soil microbes and creates a biologically healthy soil.  You can grow better turf by creating better soil.  Helps to loosen heavy, hard packed soil and releases trapped nutrients.  Use on existing lawns and when seeding to enhance grass root mass development.  Your lawn soil will become more alive and porous allowing water, air and grass roots to enter the soil more easily.

Remove sticks, rocks and other debris from your lawn to prevent damaging your lawnmower or injuring yourself when it becomes time to mow. Check your lawnmower and other lawn care equipment in preparation for the coming season.

Measure rainfall with a rain gauge posted near the garden so you can tell when to water. The garden needs about one inch of rain per week from April to October.

Opening Day at Fenway is a great rule of thumb to remember when to prune your roses.Prune off any dead wood and weak stems to encourage strong plants and beautiful blooms. If you are pruning any other flowering trees or shrubs in your garden, be sure to do it right after they are done blooming. Pruning at the wrong time can mean no blooms for the following season.

Ticks are going to become very active in the next following weeks. If you haven’t done so yet, we recommend placing Tick Tubes by Damminix around your property and in your tool shed. This will significantly cut back the tick population in your yard and reduce you & your family’s risk of Lyme Disease.

Apply Preen in your perennial and mulch beds to prevent any weeds from germinating this season. The less weeding to be done, the better!

Having trouble growing plants or grass near the roadside? Try applying Espoma’s Garden Gypsum. It will help bring soil impurities to the surface from salt damage.