What Should I Do In My Yard In April

What Should I Do In My Yard In April

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 it? 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 quite well. 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 moss. 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!

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Dated: April 14th 2014
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