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April Showers……Bring May Flowers

April Showers…..

At long last, spring has arrived! (or has it?) As you look out upon your garden, does the nagging question of “where do I even begin” sound familiar? There is so much to do in every corner of the yard this month that it is difficult to know where to start.

In our opinion, the first and foremost thing to do is to stand back for a moment, and simply enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has given us…. listen to the birds as they sing you a spring melody… dream a little, and then put on the gardening gloves and head out to make your dream garden a reality!

Here are a few April garden projects that you can do to help keep your garden looking its best the rest of this season.

*Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs

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 and Canna should not be set outdoors until all danger of frost has passed, so wait until next month.

*Plant annual seeds of asters, cosmos, marigolds, and zinnias in the garden.

*When all frost danger has passed you can move your stored fuchsias and geraniums outdoors. Trim them back, feed and repot 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. The additional plants you create can be traded or given to friends, or moved to a new area of the garden.

*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.

Odds and Ends

It seems that different states can’t agree to a universal Arbor Day, but more than likely the day exists in your individual state or country, at some point in this month…. Plant a tree!

Although we think of this as a rainy month, it can fool us. Keep transplanted flowers well-watered during dry spells. Be sure to take a little time to check the plants in containers and those under the eaves of the house and under tall evergreens to see that they are getting enough water.

If you receive mail-order plants or can’t resist the urge to pick up a few perennials before you are ready, make a trench and heel them into the ground in a protected area.

Driving around the neighborhood, or visiting a local nursery may give you some great ideas of what you’d like to have blooming in your yard at this time next year.

Take a stroll in the woods or the park at least once each season to enjoy a little bit of Mother Nature’s gardening handiwork!

Remember that whatever you accomplish in the garden now will definitely cut down on yard maintenance later this season!

….Bring May Flowers!

As you begin your quest for the perfect garden, don’t overdo it! It’s probably been a few months since you gave those muscles and bones a good workout, so start out slowly and avoid that Monday morning backache.

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