It is April and spring is finally here!! You have your great
home and you want to have a beautiful yard. What do you do and when do you do
This is the time of year to be cleaning. Cleaning the yard,
just like you clean the house is the precursor to planting. Get rid of all dead
and dying plants, trees and vegetation that is left from the winter. Bag it up
and get rid of it. Cut back any damaged trees, shrubs or plants. Pruning
permits the healthy and new growth to flourish.
It is a god time to give your yard a nice rough raking. Get
rid of old thatch and stir up that top level of dirt to get ready for
re-seeding or over seeding. I am old school and I spread lime on my lawn when I
know it is going to rain. I prefer the granulated to the pulverized, it doesn’t
make such a mess. Both work well. I also over seed any areas that are damaged
or poorly grassed. I like the new seed/fertilizer/mulch combo. It keeps the
seed in place and moist. Do not underestimate your seeds need for water. You
don’t want them floating but they need to have a drink if they are to grow.
I clip and form my fruit trees and bushes at this time too.
It is also a good time to dig up errant bulbs and put them where you want them.
They are easier to find when they first come up and other things have not.
Remove all old weed residue. If you are using weed block and
mulch around your plantings, this is a good time to put those down and get
ready to plant through the weed block. I like to set up my mulched garden and
then plant through the mulch. I think it is faster, you get less plant damage
and you keep down the weeds better.
I use this time to lay out new plantings. It is a good idea
to make a diagram of what you want to plant where and to do some measurement.
Plants like the right distance and the right amount of sun. Half of successful
gardening is selecting the right place for your babies.
Another job is to edge walk ways and bed edges before the
grass and weeks get a good foothold. I like to use an edging to keep the grass
out of the beds. I have tried weed block and gravel because it is more natural
looking but the grass grew right over it. I now am using the roll plastic
edging with some success. It is easy to weed - wack along it and it stays in place
I also spread dehydrated cow manure in April. I lay out the
manure and let it rain on it. Then I double dig the beds turning the manure and
dirt over so they mix well. If your ground is too compact and heavy, add in
some peat moss too. If you have composted, you can add that instead of peat
This year I will be adding some additional asparagus very
soon and expanding my asparagus bed. I will also plan for my early seeds, like
some lettuce, peas and spinach.
I will be ready to plant more by the end of the month and
the beginning of May. Don’t get too much ahead of yourself even if it feels
warm. I have plants in the yard getting acclimated to the weather but tonight
it is forecast to be around 34 so, my plants are all in wheel barrows, covered
with plastic or cloth and some are tucked under the grill cover, some in the
garage. They will be ok if you prevent them from getting frost kissed. Even if
they are a little burnt by the cold, cut them back and see if you can save
them. Many will recover. Good luck!
Author:Mary Kingsley Phone: 917-292-5378 Dated: April 14th 2014 Views: 16,506 About Mary: I have a long background in public service. I am a Registered Nurse with a BA and an MPS in Health C...
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