With April showers bring May flowers; outdoor care is just around the corner. As the weather starts to warm, the spring bulbs such as the famous tulips and daffodils, will start to pop out the surface rather quickly!
You’ll want to make sure you have your gardens raked and ready to go for these bulbs. You should be giving your bulbs plenty of water during any dry spells and apply a light application of a high-nitrogen fertilizer just as the bulbs begin to grow. Once your bulbs have grown and bloomed, trim back any dead flowers, but make sure to leave the green leaves. You don’t want to cut back the plant completely as the green leaves helps produce energy to the bulbs so you have a better success rate of re-blooming in the following years to come. Once the bloom fades, make sure you fertilize the bulbs with a complete fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. A quick tip is to braid the leaves to keep them tidy and together so after they die back; they will be easier to cut. After bulbs have finished their growing phase, they are care free till the next spring!
Odds and Ends for Spring Garden Tips in April:
- Crab grass preventer should be applied around April 15.
- Rake your lawns to remove twigs, leaves and trash.
- Cut back on perennial, roses and grasses to prep for new growth.
- Plant bare root trees and shrubs before buds break. (April 29 is Arbor Day!)
- Divide hostas and other summer and fall blooming perennials as new growth appears.
- Start annual flowers and herbs indoors for transplanting outside after the last frost.
- Plant cool season vegetables outdoors near late April, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm season vegetables such as beets, carrots and parsley can also be planted at this time.
- Repot and start lightly fertilizing house plants. Clean off dust on the leaves for better plant breathing. Make sure you keep an eye on your window plants for leaf scorch from the increase of sun intensity.