April Gardening To-Do List

APRIL

  • Prune spring flowering shrubs after they bloom
  • Prune summer and fall flowering shrubs before they set flower buds
  • Remove any dead wood as a result of cold or storm damage
  • Select new azalea and rhododendron bushes while they're in bloom to make sure that the color complements your landscape
  • Put up a trellis for tall varieties of peas as soon as they sprout
  • Dig, divide and replant perennials
  • Avoid spraying insecticides on blooming trees and shrubs – so as not to harm bees and other pollinating insects!
  • Plant trees, fruit trees, shrubs, conifers and vines
  • Plant perennial herbs and cool season annuals and vegetables
  • Plant fall blooming bulbs
  • Address insects and pests as soon as you spot them. Be on the lookout for aphids – they love tender green shoots.
  • Divide and replant crowded winter and spring blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • As the weather warms up start water garden clean up, divide and fertilize aquatic plants
  • If needed, fertilize trees and shrubs
  • Direct sow and transplant hardy annuals toward the end of the month, when night time temperatures stay above 55 degrees F
  • After the last frost plant summer vegetables and annual herbs
  • Repot, prune and feed house plants
  • Apply pre-emergent (corn gluten) to lawns and garden beds before mulching
  • Top dress lawns and patch bare spots with grass seed