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April 2018 Gardening Tips

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The bronze color of new foliage on Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

APRIL 2018

    April 2018
    Gardening Checklist*
    What to SHOP for . . .
    Checkbox Annuals - Delphiniums, Zinnias, Lobelia, Larkspur.
    Checkbox Perennials - Yarrow, Gazania, Cerastium tomentosum, Phlomis fruticosa, Laelia anceps, Veronica, Geum.
    Checkbox Shrubs - Physocarpus opulifolius, Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', Viburnums.
    Checkbox Veggies - Tomatoes (Mary buys tomato plants in April, keeps them inside on frosty nights and plants out in garden the beginning of May). Potato tubers, Carrot, Corn (later part of month).
    Checkbox Etc. - Yellow Sticky Traps, Insecticidal Soap, Twine for guiding vines.
     

     

    Tasks to do . . .
    Checkbox Weeding - The most important task in the garden this month is weeding. Pull weeds before they go to seed. Before seeds germinate you can use a Pre-emergent product on them (this suffocates the seeds so they do not germinate). Pre-emergents do not work once the weed seed has germinated.
    Checkbox Dig - Remove plants you no longer want in your design while the soil is still easily worked.
    Checkbox Pest Management - If you plan to plant Petunias in your garden and your Petunias have had Petunia bud worms in the past, buy your Bacillus thuringiensis (called Bt) now so you can spray Before the bud worms arrive. These voracious caterpillars can devour all your Petunia flowers overnight! The Bt is sprayed on the plant so that when the caterpillars eat the plant parts, they die. Bt is approved for organic use. Aphids can be managed by a strong spray of water to knock them off your plants. Spray aphids off in the morning for several days until you no longer see them. If you don't have time for the water spray, use insecticidal soap. The soap needs to land on the insects to kill them.
    Checkbox Pruning - Continue to deadhead Iceland Poppies and Pansies for spectacular spring display before you pull them all out and plant your summer annuals next month! If your Erigeron plants are bigger than you want them to be already you can still shear them now. You will delay the first bloom of the year but create a tidier plant. Watch The Gardening Tutor's video on how to shear plants to encourage more flowers.
    Checkbox Containers - Need a little inspiration? Watch The Gardening Tutor's new video slide show: Container Gardening Tips
    Free printable . . .
      Looking for a way to stay organized in your garden?
    Download this Free Printable Gardening Checklist* and you’ll be amazed how inspired you’ll feel!
    Let us know how you’re doing. You can do it!
    Remember, this printable was created as a short list of tasks with minimal information. If you would like more in-depth information,
    you can always refer back to the checklist above each month for more details.
     

    The Gardening Tutor April 2018 Printable

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