FSI Landscape Supply weighs in on the top most important things to do for gardens and landscape in April. (Source: Balcony Garden Web, 9 important things to do in the garden in April | April Garden Tasks, https://balconygardenweb.com/things-to-do-in-garden-in-april/.)
According to FSI Landscape Supply, “spring is one such time in the year when your gardening activities should pick up. This is the time when you should prep up your garden. Following an April gardening to-do list will allow you to organize and shape your landscape design in time for summer.”
Clean The Garden
Balcony Garden Web suggests giving the garden and landscape a good, deep clean before preparing space for new landscaping additions. FSI Landscape Supply agrees, “Just as you clean the house before arranging new furniture, you need to clean the garden before planting. This is the time to clear all the dead leaves, perform weeding, remove herbaceous perennials and deciduous grass, thus making your garden ready for digging and planting. Removing debris can immediately transform any yard space. It is essential to consider safety when removing debris. Suppose you are a professional landscaper or maintaining your yard as a homeowner. In that case, you want to make sure you are wearing the proper attire. You also want to make sure you are using the proper, high-quality landscape supplies and dispose of materials correctly as per your regional guidelines. Any leftover debris from the previous seasons such as twigs, pinecones, decorative stones that have shifted out of place can get caught in the mechanisms and cause damage or even harm as your cleaning.”
Perform Landscape Edging
Perform landscape edging after cleaning the garden. Edging helps in creating a barrier in the soil so that grass runners do not invade your garden beds. It also enhances the aesthetics of your garden. You can use gardening supplies like a step-on edger for edging activities.
Add Compost Or Well-Rotted Manure
Apply organic compost or well-rotted manure to the soil to help plant growth. These fertilizers help improve the quality of the earth, which will help develop plants. Compost and well-rotted manure contain essential plant nutrients, and when you mix them in the soil, nutrients are released. Therefore, providing necessary nourishment for plants.
Do Away With The Garden Pests
Get rid of the winter seasonal garden pests to prevent the plants from getting destroyed. Garden pests like slugs, aphids, and others hide throughout winter. However, when the heat starts to build up during the spring and the summer, they come out of the perennial plants. These insects prey on your new plants and destroy them. So, it is advisable to get rid of these pests before they cause havoc to your garden.
Grow Seasonal Flowering Plant
Grow seasonal plants that will bloom in summer. Spring is the best time to sow seasonal flowering plants like marigolds, petunias, and other such flowers. These flowers should be sown in spring because they bloom in summer. If you sow them at the right time, you can enjoy their beauty to the fullest in summer. Apart from this, you can also grow perennials and container flower combinations in spring.
Build A Compost Pit
Build a compost pit to use both compost and manure for soil nourishment. FSI Landscape Supply shares, “this is the ideal time to build one and fill it with vegetable peelings, paper, grass clippings, and other organic materials. These will turn into compost which you can use to nourish the soil. It is essential to remember to rake the compost once or twice a month to keep it aerated.”
Grow Warm Season Crops
Grow vegetables in spring so that you can enjoy them in the summer. Vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, okra, beans, and others are the ideal vegetables to plant in the month of April. These are warm-season crops that can’t be planted in a frosty season. They require mild temperature, which is neither too hot nor too cold to grow. This is why the beginning of April month is the best time to produce such crops. By the time summer comes, these vegetables are ready to be harvested. Apart from these, you can also grow cooler season vegetables like radish, carrots, and others. You can also plant annual herbs.
Prune The Trees And Shrubs
Prune the trees and shrubs in spring. Pruning and removing dead leaves from trees and shrubs will help the healthy growth of new plants. In addition to this, add fertilizer and mulch the trees and shrubs. Mulching them will reduce weeds, preserve moisture, provide nutrients to the plants and shrubs. If you are looking to plant a new shrub or plant, spring is the best time to do so.
Reseed The Grass On The Lawn
Apply fertilizer and sow new grass seed over the patches of dead grass on the lawn. FSI Landscape Supply suggests applying a slow-release fertilizer to the soil in early spring. After fertilizing, now add new grass seeds over the damaged grass patches. Then water appropriately so that the moisture will help the grass grow healthier.