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General Gardening Tips for April!


  • There still is time to plant trees and shrubs. However, by mid month it will be a little late to transplant large trees or shrubs, so do them now.
  • The months of March, April and early May is ideal for pruning evergreens. So if you have a Juniper, Cypress or conifer that need shearing or pruning this is a good time to accomplish this task. Remove all dead, diseased, and undesirable wood. However, do not prune back into the bare wood part of the plant.
  • Prune your Forsythia after it finishes flowering.


  • April is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas and lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processed manure and peat moss into the planting soil. Tuberous Begonias should not be set outdoors until all danger of frost has passed, so wait until next month.
  • Plant annual seeds of asters, cosmos, marigolds, zinnias in the garden.
  • When all frost danger has passed you can move your stored fuchsias and geraniums outdoors. Trim them back, feed and re-pot if necessary. Water them well.
  • When they have finished blooming, you should deadhead your spring flowering bulbs. Do not cut off the green foliage yet! These green leaves continue to grow for a few weeks, and provide the bulb with food for flowering next year.
  • Divide perennials like Daylilies, Delphiniums, iris, chrysanthemums, Daisies, and Phlox.
  • Hybrid Tea Roses should be fertilized prior to buds beginning to bloom. Using a systemic fertilizer will help prevent insect infestation later in the summer, as it feeds your rose.
  • Plant new rosebushes before growth starts and buds swell, place some bone meal in the base of the hole along with some multi purpose compost and water in well.


  • Control weeds and aerate the soil by cultivating between the rows of plants.
  • April is a great time to select and plant fruit trees and berry plants. Fruits and berries do best when planted in full sun.
  • Plant perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, etc. It's also time to plant cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, beets, peas and Root crops like potatoes, radishes, parsnips and onions can be planted at anytime. Later this month you can start planting beans and corn. Warmer weather crops like tomatoes; squash, cucumbers and peppers should not be planted until next month, but can be given an early start in the greenhouse.
  • As your open ground seeded crops sprout, be sure to keep them thinned out to avoid crowding.
  • Cut out all the dead canes from your raspberry patch. The new canes that will bear this year's fruit should have new, swollen buds along the edges. Thin these to five canes per foot of row to allow good air circulation and prevent overcrowding and mildew.
  • When danger of frost has passed, uncover strawberry beds and keep them well watered.


  • The application of a spring lawn fertilizer will give your lawn a boost and improve its colour and appearance. If there is moss growing in the lawn, use spring lawn fertilizer that has the moss-killer included, so you can do both jobs in one easy application,  or you could use lawn sand.
  • Spring is also a good time to thatch and over-seed the lawn. Thatch buildup can smother your lawn and provide an environment for diseases. Remove thatch with a springbok raking, or with a de-thatching machine. Spreading lawn seed will help fill in the gaps in the lawn and will prevent weed germination.
  • Aerating the lawn will allow water to penetrate deeper into the lawn soil and reduce the need to water during the dryer months ahead. Use a garden fork and punch holes over the surface of your lawn.
  • As mowing becomes necessary, be certain that the blade is sharp to prevent tearing the grass tips. Set the blade on your lawnmower to cut the grass at 2 1/2 inches to avoid scalping. (A mulching blade will eliminate the need to rake or bag the clippings, prevent thatch buildup, and the clippings will provide food for the lawn.)


  • Rotate your houseplants so that each side receives its share of light, for even growth and a balanced shape.
  • As the sun's rays strengthen, some plants, such as African Violets, may need to be moved away from a south-facing window to avoid leaf scorch.
  • Spring-cleaning your plants will keep them beautiful and help to avoid diseases. Remove any spent flowers, dead leaves or branches, or any yellowing leaves. Rinse the dust from the leaves with the kitchen sprayer. Clean leaves allow the plant to breathe!
  • Pinching back the tips of foliage plants will stimulate new growth and make your plant fuller and bushier.
  • If you keep a Coleus as a houseplant you can still start cuttings for transplant to the garden. Use a sharp clean knife to cut the stem just below a leaf node. Remove the lowest leaves, dip the cut end into a rooting hormone and insert it into some fresh, sterile potting soil. These cuttings will be ready to use by late May, early June.


  • Arbor Day- Plant a tree, but make sure it is appropriate to your size of garden.
  • Keep all your transplants well watered during dry spells.
  • Check all plants in containers to see that they are getting enough water.
  • When you receive your mail order plants or pick up a few perennials before you are ready, make a trench for the perennials and heel them into the ground in a protected area. If you are receiving plugs then place them in a greenhouse or cold frame and pot them on as soon as possible.


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