April Gardening To-Dos

In the Garden

  • It’s garden go-time! Plant annual seeds of asters, cosmos, marigolds, and zinnias.
  • Plant perennials, rhododendrons and azaleas.
  • Create colorful spring containers for your front door and patio.
  • Take stored fuchsias and geraniums outdoors; cover if frost returns.
  • Pull those weeds. Finish garden clean-up and amending the soil.

Fruits & Veggies

  • Transplant lettuces, salad greens and cold-season veggie starts (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, chard, beets) into the garden.
  • Sow carrots and parsnips.
  • Thin direct-seeded crops as they sprout.
  • Late in the month, plant squash, zucchini, pumpkin and cucumber seeds indoors in large peat pots, easing the to transfer to the garden when it warms up.
  • Start your garden log now while spring energy reigns!

The Lawn

  • Use an organic fertilizer in late April, using a 3-1-2 ratio formulation.
  • Mow regularly.
  • Practice grasscycling with a mulch mower, which returns the clippings to the lawn.

Around the House

  • Clean-up water gardens.
  • Treat indoor plants to some organic fertilizer.
  • Freshen up your front door with a fragrant herb or live succulent wreath.